Roles for nutrients in epigenetic events

Anna M. Oommen, Jacob B. Griffin, Gautam Sarath, Janos Zempleni

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Abstract

The field of epigenetics is the study of modifications of DNA and DNA-binding proteins that alter the structure of chromatin without altering the nucleotide sequence of DNA; some of these modifications may be associated with heritable changes in gene function. Nutrients play essential roles in the following epigenetic events. First, folate participates in the generation of S-adenosylmethionine, which acts as a methyl donor in the methylation of cytosines in DNA; methylation of cytosines is associated with gene silencing. Second, covalent attachment of biotin to histones (DNA-binding proteins) plays a role in gene silencing and in the cellular response to DNA damage. Third, tryptophan and niacin are converted to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is a substrate for poly(ADP-ribosylation) of histones and other DNA-binding proteins; poly(ADP-ribosylation) of these proteins participates in DNA repair and apoptosis. Here we present a novel procedure to map nutrient-dependent epigenetic marks in the entire genomes of any given species: the combined use of chromatin immunoprecipitation assays and DNA microarrays. This procedure is also an excellent tool to map the enzymes that mediate modifications of DNA and DNA-binding proteins in chromatin. Given the tremendous opportunities offered by the combined use of chromatin immunoprecipitation assays and DNA microarrays, the nutrition community can expect seeing a surge of information related to roles for nutrients in epigenetic events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-77
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

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DNA-Binding Proteins
Epigenomics
Nutrients
Food
Chromatin Immunoprecipitation
Cytosine
DNA
Gene Silencing
Chromatin
Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
Histones
Adenosine Diphosphate
Genes
S-Adenosylmethionine
Microarrays
Niacin
DNA Methylation
Biotin
Folic Acid
Assays

Keywords

  • Biotin
  • Chromatin immunoprecipitation assay
  • CpG dinucleotides
  • DNA microarray
  • Folate
  • Histones
  • Methylation
  • Niacin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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Roles for nutrients in epigenetic events. / Oommen, Anna M.; Griffin, Jacob B.; Sarath, Gautam; Zempleni, Janos.

In: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Vol. 16, No. 2, 02.2005, p. 74-77.

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Oommen, Anna M. ; Griffin, Jacob B. ; Sarath, Gautam ; Zempleni, Janos. / Roles for nutrients in epigenetic events. In: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2005 ; Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 74-77.
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