The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression in the nervous system

Justyna Cholewa-Waclaw, Adrian Bird, Melanie von Schimmelmann, Anne Schaefer, Huimei Yu, Hongjun Song, Ram Madabhushi, Li Huei Tsai

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Abstract

Neuroepigenetics is a newly emerging field in neurobiology that addresses the epigenetic mechanism of gene expression regulation in various postmitotic neurons, both over time and in response to environmental stimuli. In addition to its fundamental contribution to our understanding of basic neuronal physiology, alterations in these neuroepigenetic mechanisms have been recently linked to numerous neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, and neurodegenerative disorders. This article provides a selective review of the role of DNA and histone modifications in neuronal signal-induced gene expression regulation, plasticity, and survival and how targeting these mechanisms could advance the development of future therapies. In addition, we discuss a recent discovery on how double-strand breaks of genomic DNA mediate the rapid induction of activity-dependent gene expression in neurons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11427-11434
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume36
Issue number45
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 9 2016

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Gene Expression Regulation
Epigenomics
Nervous System
Histone Code
Neurons
Double-Stranded DNA Breaks
Neurobiology
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Psychiatry
Gene Expression
DNA
Therapeutics
Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Keywords

  • DNA double strand breaks
  • DNA methylation
  • MeCP2
  • Polycomb repressive complex
  • Topoisomerase II

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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Cholewa-Waclaw, J., Bird, A., von Schimmelmann, M., Schaefer, A., Yu, H., Song, H., ... Tsai, L. H. (2016). The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression in the nervous system. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(45), 11427-11434. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2492-16.2016

The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression in the nervous system. / Cholewa-Waclaw, Justyna; Bird, Adrian; von Schimmelmann, Melanie; Schaefer, Anne; Yu, Huimei; Song, Hongjun; Madabhushi, Ram; Tsai, Li Huei.

In: Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 36, No. 45, 09.11.2016, p. 11427-11434.

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Cholewa-Waclaw, J, Bird, A, von Schimmelmann, M, Schaefer, A, Yu, H, Song, H, Madabhushi, R & Tsai, LH 2016, 'The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression in the nervous system', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 36, no. 45, pp. 11427-11434. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2492-16.2016
Cholewa-Waclaw J, Bird A, von Schimmelmann M, Schaefer A, Yu H, Song H et al. The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression in the nervous system. Journal of Neuroscience. 2016 Nov 9;36(45):11427-11434. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2492-16.2016
Cholewa-Waclaw, Justyna ; Bird, Adrian ; von Schimmelmann, Melanie ; Schaefer, Anne ; Yu, Huimei ; Song, Hongjun ; Madabhushi, Ram ; Tsai, Li Huei. / The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression in the nervous system. In: Journal of Neuroscience. 2016 ; Vol. 36, No. 45. pp. 11427-11434.
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