Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Epigenomics. 2010 Oct;2(5):627-38. doi: 10.2217/epi.10.45.

DNA methylation profiling highlights the unique nature of the human placental epigenome.

Author information

1
Developmental Epigenetics, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital & Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, 3052, Australia. boris.novakovic@mcri.edu.au

Abstract

As the 'gateway' to the fetus, the placenta is subject to a myriad of environmental factors, each with the potential to alter placental epigenetic and gene expression profile. This can have direct consequences for the developing fetus and potentially even long-term health implications. As a result, interest in placental epigenetics generally, and changes occurring in placenta-associated disease, has intensified over recent years. This article will discuss the general features of placental DNA methylation and will describe current technologies for profiling genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in this tissue, the approaches to data analysis and some of the major findings from recent studies.

PMID:
22122048
DOI:
10.2217/epi.10.45
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon
Loading ...
Support Center