Epigenetic Regulation of miRNA in Stem Cells

  • Keith Szulwach
  • Xuekun Li
  • Xinyu Zhao
  • Peng Jin

The ability of stem cells to maintain the necessary potency to differentiate into unique progeny, as well as the process of differentiation itself, exemplifies the critical role of epigenetic regulation in modulating the expression of common genomes so as to link cellular genotype with phenotype. Various types of epigenetic regulation in the context of stem cells, and in particular that of epigenetic regulation of non-coding microRNA, hold significance during neurogenesis from a stem cell state. Potential mechanisms and discussion on the role of epigenetic regulation of miRNA expression during stem cell epigenesis and function will be put forth. Additionally, descriptions of current techniques enabling identification of key regulatory pathways involving miRNA via comprehensive expression profiling are provided.

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Epigenetics stem cells neuron high-throughput miRNA profiling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith Szulwach
    • 1
  • Xuekun Li
    • 2
  • Xinyu Zhao
    • 2
  • Peng Jin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human Genetics and Graduate Program in Genetics and Molecular BiologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurosciencesUniversity of New Mexico School of MedicineAlbuquerqueUSA

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