Bookmarking the genome: Maintenance of epigenetic information

Sayyed K. Zaidi, Daniel W. Young, Martin Montecino, Andre J. Van Wijnen, Janet L. Stein, Jane B. Lian, Gary S. Stein

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Mitotic inheritance of gene function is obligatory to sustain biological control. Emerging evidence suggests that epigenetic mechanisms are linked to transmission of cell fate, lineage commitment, and maintenance of cellular phenotype in progeny cells. Mechanisms of epigenetic memory include gene silencing by DNA methylation, transcriptional regulation by histone modifications, regulation of gene expression by noncoding small RNA molecules, and retention of regulatory machinery on target gene loci for activation and repression. We will focus on the regulatory implications of epigenetic memory for physiological control and for the onset and progression of disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18355-18361
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 27 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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Zaidi, S. K., Young, D. W., Montecino, M., Van Wijnen, A. J., Stein, J. L., Lian, J. B., & Stein, G. S. (2011). Bookmarking the genome: Maintenance of epigenetic information. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(21), 18355-18361.