DNA Methylation Basic Mechanisms Current Topics in by Walter Doerfler, Petra Böhm

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The structural and practical value of the right kind styles of DNA methylation in all elements of a mammalian genome is, regrettably, no longer good understood. the soundness, inheritability, and developmental flexibility of those styles all aspect to a big function that those styles seem to play in deciding upon constitution and funtion of the genome. as much as the current time, reports at the repetitive sequences, which contain greater than ninety in step with cent of the DNA sequences within the human or different genomes, were neglected.   

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Cell 64:123–135 Wade PA (2001) Methyl CpG binding proteins: coupling chromatin architecture to gene regulation. Oncogene 20:3166–3173 Wade PA, Gegonne A, Jones PL, Ballestar E, Aubry F, Wolffe AP (1999) Mi-2 complex couples DNA methylation to chromatin remodelling and histone deacetylation. Nat Genet 23:62–66 Watson P, Black G, Ramsden S, Barrow M, Super M, Kerr B, Clayton-Smith J (2001) Angelman syndrome phenotype associated with mutations in MECP2, a gene encoding a methyl CpG binding protein.

Both oocyte and spermatocyte/skeletal muscle mRNA isoforms give rise to the shorter Dnmt1 protein form. The marked preference of Dnmt1 for hemimethylated DNA together with its specific association with replication machinery during S-phase via binding to proliferating-cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) (Leonhardt et al. 1992; Chuang et al. 1997; Easwaran et al. 2004) make it a strong candidate for mediating the propagation of the DNA methylation pattern at each cell division cycle. As shown in Fig. 2, during replication of DNA, the hemi-methylated CpG sites in the newly synthesized strand are post-replicatively modified by the activity 28 A.

62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 48 49 50 55 56 59 60 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Abstract DNA methylation plays a pivotal role during development in mammals and is central to transcriptional silencing. The DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) are responsible for the generation of genomic methylation patterns leading to gene silencing, but the underlying molecular basis remains largely shrouded in mystery.

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