Detecting and interpreting DNA methylation marks Article (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Ren, Ren; Horton, John R; Zhang, Xing; Blumenthal, Robert M; Cheng, Xiaodong


  • The generation, alteration, recognition, and erasure of epigenetic modifications of DNA are fundamental to controlling gene expression in mammals. These covalent DNA modifications include cytosine methylation by AdoMet-dependent methyltransferases and 5-methylcytosine oxidation by Fe(II)-dependent and α-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenases. Sequence-specific transcription factors are responsible for interpreting the modification status of specific regions of chromatin. This review focuses on recent developments in characterizing the functional and structural links between the modification status of two DNA bases: 5-methylcytosine and 5-methyluracil (thymine).

publication date

  • 2018

published in

start page

  • 88

end page

  • 99


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