Epigenetic Significance of Chromatin Organization During Cellular Aging and Organismal Lifespan

  • Milena Georgieva
  • Dessislava Staneva
  • George Miloshev


Aging is a developmental process that occurs through epigenetic reprogramming that involves nine hallmark characteristics, most notably genomic instability. During physiological development, chromatin is modified, reorganized, and de-compacted in order for DNA to be transcribed, replicated, and repaired. The most prominent histone modifications include acetylation, methylation, ubiquitylation, ADP-ribosylation, phosphorylation, and sumoylation. Younger cells/tissues are characterized by greater global methylation. Global DNA demethylation in aging occurs mainly at repetitive DNA elements and in genome regions with facultative heterochromatin, which leads to overall deheterochromatinization of the genome.


Premature Aging Chromatin Organization Chromosome Territory Nuclear Lamina Chromatin Fiber 
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The authors are thankful to Djulia Milcheva and Mathew Serkedjiev for the fruitful discussions and comments on the section regarding age-associated diseases. The authors highly acknowledge Toni Efremov for all technical assistance during the preparation of the current book chapter.


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