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Epigenetic crosstalk: a molecular language in human metabolic disorders
Celia P. Martinez-Jimenez1,Juan Sandoval2,*
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. University of Valencia. C/Doctor Moliner 50, 46100 - Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
Epigenetics and Cancer Biology, Institut d’Investigacio Biomedica de Bellvitge IDIBELL, Av. Gran Via n 199. 08907 - L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
DOI: 10.2741/S424 Volume 7 Issue 1, pp.46-57
Published: 01 June 2015
*Corresponding Author(s):  
Juan Sandoval

Technological breakthroughs are emphasizing the impact of epigenetic mechanisms in human health highlighting the importance of a fine-tune orchestration of DNA methylation, micro RNAs, histone modifications, and chromatin structure. Transcriptional regulators sense the concentration of intermediary metabolites associated to a wide variety of biological processes including the long-term imprinting and heritable DNA methylation. Recent epigenetic mechanisms associated with cholesterol and lipid homeostasis have a critical impact in the susceptibility, development and progression of complex diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic fatty liver, obesity and metabolic syndrome. The heritability of epigenetic states emerge as an additional level of complexity where the extension of somatic as well as inherited epigenetic modifications may require a thoughtful reconsideration in many human diseases related with metabolic disorders.

Key words

Epigenetics, Transgenerational Inheritance, Metabolism, Transcriptional Regulation, Lipid Homeostasis, Fatty Liver, obesity, DNA methylation, histones, microRNA, Review

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Celia P. Martinez-Jimenez, Juan Sandoval. Epigenetic crosstalk: a molecular language in human metabolic disorders. Frontiers in Bioscience-Scholar. 2015. 7(1); 46-57.