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Am J Transl Res. 2012;4(2):219-28. Epub 2012 Apr 10.

Identification of an interleukin 13-induced epigenetic signature in allergic airway inflammation.

Abstract

Epigenetic changes have been implicated in the pathogenesis of asthma. We sought to determine if IL13, a key cytokine in airway inflammation and remodeling, induced epigenetic DNA methylation and miRNAs expression changes in the airways in conjunction with its transcriptional gene regulation. Inducible expression of an IL13 transgene in the airways resulted in significant changes in DNA methylation in 177 genes, most of which were associated with the IL13 transcriptional signature in the airways. A large number of genes whose expression was induced by IL13 were found to have decreased methylation, including those involved in tissue remodeling (Olr1), leukocyte influx (Cxcl3, Cxcl5, CSFr2b), and the Th2 response (C3ar1, Chi3l4). Reciprocally, some genes whose expression was suppressed were found to have increased methylation (e.g. Itga8). In addition, miRNAs were identified with targets for lung development and Wnt signaling, amongst others. These results indicate that IL13 confers an epigenetic methylation and miRNA signature that accompanies its transcriptional program in the airways, which may play a critical role in airway inflammation and remodeling.

KEYWORDS:

DNA methylation; Epigenetics; allergic airway disease; miRNA

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22611474
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PMCID:
PMC3353532
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