Epigenetic mechanisms regulating fate specification of neural stem cells

Masakazu Namihira, Jun Kohyama, Masahiko Abematsu, Kinichi Nakashima

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Neural stem cells (NSCs) possess the ability to self-renew and to differentiate along neuronal and glial lineages. These processes are defined by the dynamic interplay between extracellular cues including cytokine signalling and intracellular programmes such as epigenetic modification. There is increasing evidence that epigenetic mechanisms involving, for example, changes in DNA methylation, histone modification and non-coding RNA expression are closely associated with fate specification of NSCs. These epigenetic alterations could provide coordinated systems for regulating gene expression at each step of neural cell differentiation. Here we review the roles of epigenetics in neural fate specification in the mammalian central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2099-2109
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1500
Publication statusPublished - Jun 27 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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