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[Editorial] Epigenetics

  • Authors:
    • Dimitrios Vlachakis
    • George P. Chrousos
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  • Published online on: December 3, 2020     https://doi.org/10.3892/ije.2020.1
  • Article Number: 1
  • Copyright: © Vlachakis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

All cell types of an organism contain the same genetic information, but showcase distinct functions and characteristics (1). Cell phenotypes are determined by mechanisms that regulate which genes are expressed and which are silenced, termed epigenetic mechanisms (2). Epigenetics refer to the study of mechanisms and molecules that can perpetuate alternative gene activity states in the context of unaltered DNA sequence (3). The key factors describing epigenetics are heritability and reversibility (4). The mechanisms underlying epigenetic regulation include DNA methylation, histone modification, chromatin remodeling, non‑coding RNA activity and the interplay amongst these (5). The key characteristics of epigenetics have generated immense research interest for possible applications in various biological fields.
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Vlachakis D and Vlachakis D: [Editorial] Epigenetics. Int J Epigen 1: 1, 2021
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Vlachakis, D., & Vlachakis, D. (2021). [Editorial] Epigenetics. International Journal of Epigenetics, 1, 1. https://doi.org/10.3892/ije.2020.1
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Vlachakis, D., Chrousos, G. P."[Editorial] Epigenetics". International Journal of Epigenetics 1.1 (2021): 1.
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Vlachakis, D., Chrousos, G. P."[Editorial] Epigenetics". International Journal of Epigenetics 1, no. 1 (2021): 1. https://doi.org/10.3892/ije.2020.1