OBM Genetics is an international Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It accepts papers addressing basic and medical aspects of genetics and epigenetics and also ethical, legal and social issues. Coverage includes clinical, developmental, diagnostic, evolutionary, genomic, mitochondrial, molecular, oncological, population and reproductive aspects. It publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes, etc. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

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Special Issue

Epigenetic Mechanisms in Health and Disease

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Stéphane Viville, PhD

Professor, LABORATOIRE DE DIAGNOSTIC GENETIQUE, UF3472 – Infertilité, Nouvel Hôpital Civil,
1 place de l’Hôpital, 67091 Strasbourg cedex, France

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Research Interests: human genetics of infertility; male and female infertility; human gametogenesis; human infertility and epigenetics; embryonic stem cells

Marcel Mannens

Professor, Department of Clinical Genetics, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Research Interests: genome diagnostics; epigenetics of disease; cardiogenetics

Publication

Open Access Editorial

Epigenetics is Here to Stay

Received: 24 April 2019;  Published: 30 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1902075

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Open Access Review

Redirecting Fetal Programming: Evidence of Interventions that May Be A Tool for Health

Received: 01 June 2018;  Published: 28 December 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804058

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Understanding the pathophysiology of disease can be an essential step to determining where and how to intervene for preventive or corrective health. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a broad category of ailments described by low fetal weight and accompanying susceptibility to adult onset of [...]
Open Access Review

Genetic and Epigenetic Regulation of Telomere Length: Current Findings, Methodological Limitations and Possibilities for Future Studies

Received: 29 October 2018;  Published: 19 December 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804055

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Telomeres are TTAGGG repeats located at the end of chromosomes that maintain DNA stability. Telomere length (TL) has been widely implicated as a marker of biological age, and is associated with several human diseases, including depression, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Twin studies and cohort s [...]
Open Access Review

Distinct Mechanisms of Alterations in DNA Methylation/Demethylation Leading to Myelodysplastic Syndromes/Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Received: 05 June 2018;  Published: 14 December 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804054

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Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) represent malignant myeloid disorders characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis, peripheral cytopenias, and an increased risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is a highly heterogeneous disease characterized by the presence of large chromosomal tran [...]
Open Access Original Research

Evaluation of Classical Statistical Methods for Analyzing BS-Seq Data

Received: 23 May 2018;  Published: 10 December 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804053

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DNA methylation is an epigenetic mark that is not only important in normal cell development, but also plays a significant role in human health and diseases. As such, studies of DNA methylation to understand its precise role in disease etiology and its potential as disease biomarkers have been active [...]
Open Access Review

Epigenetics and Infectious Disease: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives in New Generation Therapies

Received: 30 May 2018;  Published: 12 November 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804048

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Epigenetics and Infectious Disease, State of the Art and Perspectives in New Generation Therapies
Open Access Review

Epigenetic Regulation by Androgen Receptor in Prostate Cancer

Received: 26 May 2018;  Published: 02 November 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804047

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Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men all over the world. Androgen receptor (AR) functions as a nuclear receptor to facilitate ligand-dependent transcriptional activation in the nucleus. Advanced prostate cancer is treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) because androg [...]
Open Access Original Research

The Induction of Histone H3K4 Methylation on the SI Gene Correlates with SI mRNA Levels in Enterocyte-Like Caco-2 Cells

Received: 18 December 2017;  Published: 30 October 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804046

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Background: Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein (CHD) 1 is Histone H3 lysine 4 (K4) methylation is thought to be important for the transcriptional activation of genes during differentiation. Methods: mRNA and histone modification around SI gene in a small intestinal cell line Caco-2 during th [...]
Open Access Original Research

Evaluation of Recent Statistical Methods for Detecting Differential Methylation Using BS-seq Data

Received: 23 May 2018;  Published: 14 October 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804041

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Whole genome profiling of differential DNA methylation between diseased and normal samples has significant implications in research to understand the role of epigenetic regulations of cells. In recent years, the development of bisulfite sequencing (BS-seq) based molecular technology has enabled the [...]
Open Access Review

Current Evidence on the Role of Epigenetic Mechanisms in Migraine: The Way Forward to Precision Medicine

Received: 09 May 2018;  Published: 10 October 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804040

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This review explores current evidence to demonstrate that epigenetic processes contribute in migraine pathogenesis. Both basic experimental data and clinical findings will be presented and significant findings will be highlighted and discussed. Current challenges and unmet needs will also be listed.
Open Access Review

Deciphering the Epigenetic Landscape of Suicidal Behaviour: A Review of Current Findings, Caveats and Future Directions

Received: 20 June 2018;  Published: 06 October 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1804039

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death globally among young people and the tenth leading cause of death across all ages. Approximately 800,000 people die by suicide every year representing a significant global health burden. Despite this burden, the molecular pathology of suicide remains poorl [...]
Open Access Review

Histone O-GlcNAcylation and Potential Biological Functions

Received: 05 July 2018;  Published: 17 September 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1803036

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Histone modifications play an important role in the control of all DNA-based processes by altering the structure and function of chromatin. An O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) modification is a type of post-translational modification of proteins, and gets attached to serine (Ser)/threonine (T [...]
Open Access Review

Epigenetics of IgA Nephropathy: A Brief Review

Received: 27 May 2018;  Published: 06 September 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1803032

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Immunoglobin A Nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common primary glomerulonephritis worldwide. Its development is characterized by the deposition of immune complexes that consist of abnormally galactozylated IgA1 molecules and IgG or IgA autoantibodies in the mesangium and the subsequent induction of re [...]
Open Access Review

Uniparental Disomy and Imprinting Disorders

Received: 28 June 2018;  Published: 30 August 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1803031

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Uniparental disomy (UPD), the inheritance of both homologues of a chromosome from only one parent, has been reported for nearly all human chromosomes. Depending on its mode of formation and time of occurrence, UPD can be present in all cells of an organism, or restricted to some cell lines as a mosa [...]
Open Access Original Research

New Insights into the Epigenetic Activities of Natural Compounds

Received: 30 May 2018;  Published: 16 August 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1803029

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Background: With their varied pharmacophores, natural products are interesting tools to open the drug discovery pipeline. Several plant secondary metabolites belong to our diet and have conflictual documented epigenetic activities which need clarification. Methods: Seventy-one different natural pro [...]
Open Access Opinion

Runs of Homozygosity and Epigenetic Deregulation of Genomic Imprinting

Received: 29 May 2018;  Published: 15 August 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1803028

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Runs of homozygosity (ROH) are uninterrupted continuous regions within the genome exhibiting allelic homozygosity (identical alleles are inherited from each parent). Genome-wide analyses consistently evidence that megabase-scale ROH are ubiquitous in humans reflecting individual demographic history. [...]
Open Access Original Research

Epigenetic Symmetry of DLGAP2: Pre-Implantation Maternal Methylation Switches to a Random Monoallelic Profile in Somatic Tissues

Received: 29 May 2018;  Published: 29 July 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1803026

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- Background Symmetric DNA methylation profiles of autosomal genes is associated with equal expression from both alleles. Genes with an allelic imbalance or monoallelic expression are associated with discrete intervals of allele-specific methylation (ASM), as highlighted by genomic imprinting, X-chr [...]
Open Access Review

Non-Coding RNAs in Cutaneous Melanoma Development, Progression and Dissemination

Received: 13 March 2018;  Published: 15 May 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1802020

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Melanoma is a highly aggressive skin cancer with high incidence worldwide. There are growing evidences that aberrantly expressed non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) play a role in the development, progression and dissemination of melanoma tumor cells. Among the many types of ncRNAs, we will describe in this re [...]
Open Access Review

Current Understanding of DNA Methylation and Age-related Disease

Received: 12 February 2018;  Published: 11 April 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1802016

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DNA methylation involves the covalent transfer of a methyl group to the C-5 position of the cytosine ring on a DNA strand which can affect gene transcription. DNA methylation is both heritable and modifiable. In recent years, epigenome-wide association studies using high-throughput technologies have [...]
Open Access Review

The Role of Epigenetics in Developmental Programming and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Received: 20 June 2017;  Published: 19 October 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1704008

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A number of epidemiological studies have suggested that environmental stresses, such as malnutrition during the fetal period, can induce development of metabolic disorders, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and psychiatric disorders in later life. This theory is known as the Develop [...]
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