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Epigenetics of discordant monozygotic twins: implications for disease

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Medicine, July 2014
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Title
Epigenetics of discordant monozygotic twins: implications for disease
Published in
Genome Medicine, July 2014
DOI 10.1186/s13073-014-0060-z
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Authors

Juan E Castillo-Fernandez, Tim D Spector, Jordana T Bell

Abstract

Monozygotic (MZ) twins share nearly all of their genetic variants and many similar environments before and after birth. However, they can also show phenotypic discordance for a wide range of traits. Differences at the epigenetic level may account for such discordances. It is well established that epigenetic states can contribute to phenotypic variation, including disease. Epigenetic states are dynamic and potentially reversible marks involved in gene regulation, which can be influenced by genetics, environment, and stochastic events. Here, we review advances in epigenetic studies of discordant MZ twins, focusing on disease. The study of epigenetics and disease using discordant MZ twins offers the opportunity to control for many potential confounders encountered in general population studies, such as differences in genetic background, early-life environmental exposure, age, gender, and cohort effects. Recently, analysis of disease-discordant MZ twins has been successfully used to study epigenetic mechanisms in aging, cancer, autoimmune disease, psychiatric, neurological, and multiple other traits. Epigenetic aberrations have been found in a range of phenotypes, and challenges have been identified, including sampling time, tissue specificity, validation, and replication. The results have relevance for personalized medicine approaches, including the identification of prognostic, diagnostic, and therapeutic targets. The findings also help to identify epigenetic markers of environmental risk and molecular mechanisms involved in disease and disease progression, which have implications both for understanding disease and for future medical research.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 2 1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Luxembourg 1 <1%
Unknown 160 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 42 26%
Student > Bachelor 26 16%
Researcher 25 15%
Student > Master 21 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 6%
Other 28 17%
Unknown 12 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 55 34%
Medicine and Dentistry 28 17%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 26 16%
Neuroscience 14 9%
Psychology 9 5%
Other 16 10%
Unknown 16 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 55. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 December 2019.
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