Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society (Epigenetics)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

Epigenetics is a new peer-reviewed journal available in print and online. This multidisciplinary journal publishes original research articles and reviews covering the latest aspects of epigenetic mechanisms and their regulation of diverse biological processes. The goal is to foster communication and rapid exchange of information through timely publication of important results using traditional as well as electronic formats. The overriding criteria for publication in Epigenetics are originality, scientific merit and general interest. The official journal of the Epigenetics Society.

Current impact factor: 4.78

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 4.78
2013 Impact Factor 5.108
2012 Impact Factor 4.92
2011 Impact Factor 4.318
2010 Impact Factor 4.622
2009 Impact Factor 4.584

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Additional details

5-year impact 5.08
Cited half-life 3.30
Immediacy index 0.88
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 1.75
Website Epigenetics website
Other titles Epigenetics (Online), Epigenetics
ISSN 1559-2308
OCLC 62511506
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Infection with high-risk types of human papilloma virus (HPV) is currently the best-established prognostic marker for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), one of the most common and lethal human malignancies worldwide. Clinical trials have been launched to address the concept of treatment de-escalation for HPV-positive HNSCC with the final aim to reduce treatment related toxicity and debilitating long-term impacts on the quality of life. However, HPV-related tumors are mainly restricted to oropharyngeal SCC (OPSCC) and there is an urgent need to establish reliable biomarkers for all patients at high risk for treatment failure. A patient cohort (n=295) with mainly non-OPSCC (72.9%) and a low prevalence of HPV16-related tumors (8.8%) was analyzed by MassARRAY to determine a previously established prognostic methylation score (MS). Kaplan-Meier revealed a highly significant correlation between a high MS and a favorable survival for OPSCC (P=0.0004) and for non-OPSCC (P<0.0001), which was confirmed for all HNSCC by multivariate Cox regression models (HR: 9.67, 95% CI [4.61-20.30], P<0.0001). Next, we established a minimal methylation signature score (MMSS), which consists of ten most informative of the originally 62 CpG units used for the MS. The prognostic value of the MMSS was confirmed by Kaplan-Meier analysis for all HNSCC (P<0.0001) and non-OPSCC (P=0.0002), and was supported by multivariate Cox regression models for all HNSCC (HR: 2.15, 95% CI [1.36-3.41], P=0.001). In summary, the MS and the MMSS exhibit an excellent performance as prognosticators for survival, which is not limited by the anatomical site, and both could be implemented in future clinical trials.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: Interindividual variability in the epigenome has gained tremendous attention for its potential in pathophysiological investigation, disease diagnosis, and evaluation of clinical intervention. DNA methylation is the most studied epigenetic mark in epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) as it can be detected from limited starting material. Infinium HumanMethylation450 array (Infinium 450K) is the most popular platform for high-throughput profiling of this mark in clinical samples, as it is cost-effective and requires small amounts of DNA. However, this method suffers from low genome coverage and errors introduced by probe cross-hybridization. Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing can overcome these limitations but elevates the costs tremendously. Methyl-Capture Sequencing (MC Seq) is an attractive intermediate solution to increase the methylome coverage in large sample sets. Here we first demonstrate that MC Seq can be employed using DNA amounts comparable to the amounts used for Infinium 450K. Second, to provide guidance when choosing between the two platforms for EWAS, we evaluate and compare MC Seq and Infinium 450K in terms of coverage, technical variation, and concordance of methylation calls in clinical samples. Last, since the focus in EWAS is to study interindividual variation, we demonstrate the utility of MC Seq in studying interindividual variation in subjects from different ethnicities.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: While DNA methylation is usually thought to be symmetrical across both alleles, there are some notable exceptions. Genomic imprinting and X chromosome inactivation are two well-studied sources of allele-specific methylation (ASM), but recent research has indicated a more complex pattern in which genotypic variation can be associated with allelically-skewed DNA methylation in cis. Given the known heterogeneity of DNA methylation across tissues and cell types we explored inter- and intra-individual variation in ASM across several regions of the human brain and whole blood from multiple individuals. Consistent with previous studies, we find widespread ASM with >4% of the ~220,000 loci interrogated showing evidence of allelically-skewed DNA methylation. We identify ASM flanking known imprinted regions, and show that ASM sites are enriched in DNase I hypersensitivity sites and often located in an extended genomic context of intermediate DNA methylation. We also detect examples of genotype-driven ASM, some of which are also tissue-specific. These findings contribute to our understanding about the nature of differential DNA methylation across tissues and have important implications for genetic studies of complex disease. As a resource to the community, ASM patterns across each of the tissues studied are available in a searchable online database: http://epigenetics.essex.ac.uk/ASMBrainBlood.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: Germline pathogenic mutations in BRCA1 increase risk of developing breast cancer. Screening for mutations in BRCA1 frequently identifies sequence variants of unknown pathogenicity and recent work has aimed to develop methods for determining pathogenicity. We previously observed that tumor DNA methylation can differentiate BRCA1-mutated from BRCA1-wild type tumors. We hypothesized that we could predict pathogenicity of variants based on DNA methylation profiles of tumors that had arisen in carriers of unclassified variants. We selected 150 FFPE breast tumor DNA samples (47 BRCA1 pathogenic mutation carriers, 65 BRCAx (BRCA1-wild type), 38 BRCA1 test variants) and analyzed a subset (n=54) using the Illumina 450 K methylation platform, using the remaining samples for bisulphite pyrosequencing validation. Three validated markers (BACH2, C8orf31, and LOC654342) were combined with sequence bioinformatics in a model to predict pathogenicity of 27 variants (independent test set). Predictions were compared with standard multifactorial likelihood analysis. Prediction was consistent for c.5194-12G>A (IVS 19-12 G>A) (P>0.99); 13 variants were considered not pathogenic or likely not pathogenic using both approaches. We conclude that tumor DNA methylation data alone has potential to be used in prediction of BRCA1 variant pathogenicity but is not independent of estrogen receptor status and grade, which are used in current multifactorial models to predict pathogenicity.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: Heterogeneity of DNA methylation status among alleles is observed in various cell types and is involved in epigenetic gene regulation and cancer biology. However, the individual methylation profile within each allele has not yet been examined at the whole-genome level. In the present study, we applied linkage disequilibrium analysis to the DNA methylation data obtained from whole-genome bisulfite sequencing studies in mouse germline and other types of cells. We found that the methylation status of two consecutive CpG sites showed deviation from equilibrium frequency toward concordant linkage (both methylated or both unmethylated) in germline cells. In the imprinting loci where methylation of constituent alleles is known, our analysis detected the deviation toward the concordant linkage as expected. In addition, we applied this analysis to the transitional zone between methylated and unmethylated regions and to the cells undergoing epigenetic reprogramming. In both cases, deviation to the concordant-linked alleles was conspicuous, indicating that the methylation pattern is not random but rather concordant within each allele. These results will provide the key to understanding the mechanism underlying allelic heterogeneity.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy is caused by incomplete epigenetic repression of the transcription factor DUX4 in skeletal muscle. A copy of DUX4 is located within each unit of the D4Z4 macrosatellite repeat array and its derepression in somatic cells is caused by either repeat array contraction (FSHD1) or by mutations in the chromatin repressor SMCHD1 (FSHD2). While DUX4 expression has thus far only been detected in FSHD muscle and muscle cell cultures, and increases with in vitro myogenic differentiation, the D4Z4 chromatin structure has only been studied in proliferating myoblasts or non-myogenic cells. We here show that SMCHD1 protein levels at D4Z4 decline during muscle cell differentiation and correlate with DUX4 derepression. In FSHD2, but not FSHD1, the loss of SMCHD1 repressor activity is partially compensated by increased Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2)-mediated H3K27 trimethylation at D4Z4, a situation that can be mimicked by SMCHD1 knockdown in control myotubes. In contrast, moderate overexpression of SMCHD1 results in DUX4 silencing in FSHD1 and FSHD2 myotubes demonstrating that DUX4 derepression in FSHD is reversible. Together, we show that in FSHD1 and FSHD2 the decline in SMCHD1 protein levels during muscle cell differentiation renders skeletal muscle sensitive to DUX4.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: Although aberrant DNA methylation within imprinted domains has been reported in a variety of neoplastic diseases, it remains largely uncharacterized in the context of carcinogenesis. In this study, we induced T-cell lymphoma in mice by employing a breeding scheme involving mouse strains, LSL-Kras(G12D) and MMTV-Cre. We then systematically surveyed imprinted domains for DNA methylation changes during tumor progression using combined bisulfite restriction analysis and NGS-based bisulfite sequencing. We detected hyper- or hypo-methylation at the imprinting control regions (ICRs) of the Dlk1, Peg10, Peg3, Grb10, and Gnas domains. These DNA methylation changes at ICRs were more prevalent and consistent than those observed at the promoter regions of well-known tumor suppressors, such as Mgmt, Fhit, and Mlh1. Thus, the changes observed at these imprinted domains are the outcome of isolated incidents affecting DNA methylation settings. Within imprinted domains, DNA methylation changes tend to be restricted to ICRs as nearby somatic differentially methylated regions and promoter regions experience no change. Furthermore, detailed analyses revealed that small cis-regulatory elements within ICRs tend to be resistant to DNA methylation changes, suggesting potential protection by unknown trans-factors. Overall, this study demonstrates that DNA methylation changes at ICRs are dynamic during carcinogenesis and advocates that detection of aberrant DNA methylation at ICRs may serve as a biomarker to enhance diagnostic procedures.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: Differential intragenic methylation in social insects has been hailed as a prime mover of environmentally driven organismal plasticity and even as evidence for genomic imprinting. However, very little experimental work has been done to test these ideas and to prove the validity of such claims. Here we analyze in detail differentially methylated obligatory epialleles of a conserved gene encoding lysosomal α-mannosidase (AmLAM) in the honey bee. We combined genotyping of progenies derived from colonies founded by single drone inseminated queens, ultra-deep allele-specific bisulfite DNA sequencing, and gene expression to reveal how sequence variants, DNA methylation, and transcription interrelate. We show that both methylated and non-methylated states of AmLAM follow Mendelian inheritance patterns and are strongly influenced by polymorphic changes in DNA. Increased methylation of a given allele correlates with higher levels of context-dependent AmLAM expression and appears to affect the transcription of an antisense long noncoding RNA. No evidence of allelic imbalance or imprinting involved in this process has been found. Our data suggest that by generating alternate methylation states that affect gene expression, sequence variants provide organisms with a high level of epigenetic flexibility that can be used to select appropriate responses in various contexts. This study represents the first effort to integrate DNA sequence variants, gene expression, and methylation in a social insect to advance our understanding of their relationships in the context of causality.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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    ABSTRACT: In mammals, the time period that follows fertilization is characterized by extensive chromatin remodeling, which enables epigenetic reprogramming of the gametes. Major changes in chromatin structure persist until the time of implantation, when the embryo develops into a blastocyst, which comprises the inner cell mass and the trophectoderm. Changes in DNA methylation, histone variant incorporation, and covalent modifications of the histones tails have been intensively studied during pre-implantation development. However, modifications within the core of the nucleosomes have not been systematically analyzed. Here, we report the first characterization and temporal analysis of three key acetylated residues in the core of the histone H3: H3K64ac, H3K122ac, and H3K56ac, all located at structurally important positions close to the DNA. We found that all three acetylations occur during pre-implantation development, but with different temporal kinetics. Globally, H3K64ac and H3K56ac were detected throughout cleavage stages, while H3K122ac was only weakly detectable during this time. Our work contributes to the understanding of the contribution of histone modifications in the core of the nucleosome to the "marking" of the newly established embryonic chromatin and unveils new modification pathways potentially involved in epigenetic reprogramming.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society