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Inter-individual variations in genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in the human germline 1 edition

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Martha Sobolev

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Inter-individual variations in genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in the human germline.

Published 2006 .
Written in English.

About the Book

Heritable epigenetic modification is an additional layer of information that is stored in the human genome, and contributes to inter-individual phenotypic heterogeneity. Epigenetic misregulation of critical processes such as imprinting, X-chromosome inactivation, and the transcriptional control of genes contributes fundamentally to the etiology of many human diseases. In this study I demonstrate the existence of differences in DNA methylation profiles in germ-cells between healthy males. The experimental strategy included the scanning of CpG islands with microarrays to identify regions of high and low inter-individual variability in DNA methylation patterns in the genome, which was then confirmed with detailed SNaPshot analysis. In addition, a number of genes exhibited age-related methylation changes. Further research may focus on the elucidation of the extent of epigenetic inheritance in humans, a process that may explain why some diseases appear to be sporadic, show weak genetic linkage, or are late-onset.

Edition Notes

Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, page: 2777.

Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Toronto, 2006.

Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.

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