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Gene Silencing Arlés Urrutia Biomedicine and Biotechnology Institute. Autonomous University of Barcelona. (IBB-UAB) Neurochemistry Lab.
How do the many cell types of the body maintain drastically different gene expression patterns while sharing exactly the same DNA? Evolutionary SNP´s – CNV´s Protein Expression Biochemical Activity
DNA methylation – Methyl-CpG-binding proteins: MeCP2. – De novo methyltransferase: Dnmt1. – mSinA3 – HDAC Complex. Histone Modification. – Acetilation & Methylation Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Assay Inheritance & Life Time Diseases & Therapies CONTENT
Schematic diagram of the molecular mechanism of methylase inheritance and transcriptional repression. HDAC1/2-mSin3A-MeCP2 Complex organized chromatin integrity. (Kimura, 2003) DNA METHYLATION
Recruitment of Proteins to Histones. B. Proteins found that associated preferentially with modified versions of histones H3 and histone H4. (Kouzarides, 2007) Carpenter (Abcam), 2005 HISTONE MODIFICATION
INHERITANCE & LIFE TIME Chromosome 15 (q11-13) are deleted or unexpressed MOTHERFATHER Angelman Syndrome. neuro-genetic disorder Happy demanor Prade-Willi Syndrome Maternal Allele Silenced. Cognitive, Breathing and feeding dificulties.
INHERITANCE & LIFE TIME Mapping chromosomal regions with differential DNA methylation in MZ twins by using comparative genomic hybridization for methylated DNA. Presence of green and red signals that indicate hypermethylation and hypomethylation events, whereas the 3-year-old twins have a very similar distribution of DNA methylation indicated by the presence of the yellow color. Fraga et al, 2005
DISEASES Epigenetic therapy with DNA methylation inhibitors (DNMTi) and HDAC inhibitors (HDACi). Combination therapies are likely to gain traction in the future because of the inherent self – reinforcing nature of silencing mechanisms. Future breakthroughs could come from the use to epigenetic drugs to activate miRNAs or use of drugs to target cancer stem cells after tumor debulking by estándar chemotherapy. (Jones & Baylin, 2007)
Changing the view of what Inheritance is. Our parents life is affecting us directly, during the eggs and embrio developments. Do the genes have memory? 30.000 genes is not enough for this ammount of differences between individuals, even identical twins. The apereance of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, (BWS) is 3/65 by In Vitro Fertilization in Victoria, AU. Could this procedure trigger epigenetics switches for disseased? Is the imprinting an adaptation from the parents to the next generation? The Overkalix case, in Sweden (food availability and longevity). INHERITANCE & LIFE TIME
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