The roles of retinoic acid and retinoic acid receptors in inducing epigenetic changes

Published on Tuesday, 08 March 2016


Epigenetics is "the branch of biology which studies the causal interactions between genes and their products which bring the phenotype into being" as defined by Conrad Waddington in 1942 in a discussion of the mechanisms of cell differentiation.

More than seven decades later we know that these mechanisms include histone tail post-translational modifications, DNA methylation, ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling, and non-coding RNA pathways.

Epigenetic modifications are powerful drugs targets, and combined targeting of multiple pathways is expected to significantly advance cancer therapy.



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See also:

- All-Trans-Retinoic Acid (ATRA - analogues and/or derivatives).