Developing epigenetic diagnostics and therapeutics for brain disorders

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Perturbations in epigenetic mechanisms have emerged as cardinal features in the molecular pathology of major classes of brain disorders. We therefore highlight evidence which suggests that specific epigenetic signatures measurable in central - and possibly even in peripheral tissues - have significant value as translatable biomarkers for screening, early diagnosis, and prognostication; developing molecularly targeted medicines; and monitoring disease progression and treatment responses. We also draw attention to existing and novel therapeutic approaches directed at epigenetic factors and mechanisms, including strategies for modulating enzymes that write and erase DNA methylation and histone/chromatin marks; protein-protein interactions responsible for reading epigenetic marks; and non-coding RNA pathways. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.




Qureshi, I. A., & Mehler, M. F. (2013, December). Developing epigenetic diagnostics and therapeutics for brain disorders. Trends in Molecular Medicine.

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