Epigenetic Dysregulation in Cancer

Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor MI 48109, USA.
American Journal Of Pathology (Impact Factor: 4.6). 09/2009; 175(4):1353-61. DOI: 10.2353/ajpath.2009.081142
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT One of the great paradoxes in cellular differentiation is how cells with identical DNA sequences differentiate into so many different cell types. The mechanisms underlying this process involve epigenetic regulation mediated by alterations in DNA methylation, histone posttranslational modifications, and nucleosome remodeling. It is becoming increasingly clear that disruption of the "epigenome" as a result of alterations in epigenetic regulators is a fundamental mechanism in cancer. This has major implications for the future of both molecular diagnostics as well as cancer chemotherapy.

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