Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tiago Outeiro
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© 2017 Francelle, Lotz, Outeiro, Brouillet and Merienne. Unbalanced epigenetic regulation is thought to contribute to the progression of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington’s disease (HD), a genetic disorder considered as a paradigm of epigenetic dysregulation. In this review, we attempt to address open questions regarding the role of epigenetic changes in HD, in the light of recent advances in neuroepigenetics. We particularly discuss studies using genome-wide scale approaches that provide insights into the relationship between epigenetic regulations, gene expression and neuronal activity in normal and diseased neurons, including HD neurons. We propose that cell-type specific techniques and 3D-based methods will advance knowledge of epigenome in the context of brain region vulnerability in neurodegenerative diseases. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying epigenetic changes and of their consequences in neurodegenerative diseases is required to design therapeutic strategies more effective than current strategies based on histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. Researches in HD may play a driving role in this process.
Author(s): Francelle L, Lotz C, Outeiro T, Brouillet E, Merienne K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Online publication date: 30/01/2017
Acceptance date: 10/01/2017
Date deposited: 19/12/2017
ISSN (print): 1662-5161
Publisher: Frontiers Media S. A
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