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The DNA methylation landscape in cancer


Skvortsova, K and Stirzaker, C and Taberlay, P, The DNA methylation landscape in cancer, Essays in Biochemistry, 63, (6) pp. 797-811. ISSN 0071-1365 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1042/EBC20190037


As one of the most abundant and well-studied epigenetic modifications, DNA methylation plays an essential role in normal development and cellular biology. Global alterations to the DNA methylation landscape contribute to alterations in the transcriptome and deregulation of cellular pathways. Indeed, improved methods to study DNA methylation patterning and dynamics at base pair resolution and across individual DNA molecules on a genome-wide scale has highlighted the scope of change to the DNA methylation landscape in disease states, particularly during tumorigenesis. More recently has been the development of DNA hydroxymethylation profiling techniques, which allows differentiation between 5mC and 5hmC profiles and provides further insights into DNA methylation dynamics and remodeling in tumorigenesis. In this review, we describe the distribution of DNA methylation and DNA hydroxymethylation in different genomic contexts, first in normal cells, and how this is altered in cancer. Finally, we discuss DNA methylation profiling technologies and the most recent advances in single-cell methods, bisulfite-free approaches and ultra-long read sequencing techniques.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research Field:Cancer genetics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Taberlay, P (Associate Professor Phillippa Taberlay)
ID Code:136761
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:90
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2020-01-17
Last Modified:2022-08-26
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