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Methylation profiling RIN3 and MEF2C identifies epigenetic marks associated with sporadic early onset Alzheimer’s disease (2017)
Journal Article
Boden, K. A., Barber, I. S., Clement, N., Patel, T., Guetta-Baranes, T., Brookes, K., …Bottley, A. (2017). Methylation profiling RIN3 and MEF2C identifies epigenetic marks associated with sporadic early onset Alzheimer’s disease. doi:10.3233/ADR-170015. ISSN 2542-4823

A number of genetic loci associate with early onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD), however the drivers of this disease remains enigmatic. Genome wide association and in-vivo modelling have shown that loss-of-function e.g. ABCA7, reduced levels of SIRT1,... Read More

Genetic improvement of tomato by targeted control of fruit softening (2016)
Journal Article
Uluisik, S., Chapman, N. H., Smith, R., Poole, M., Adams, G., Gillis, R. B., …Seymour, G. B. (2016). Genetic improvement of tomato by targeted control of fruit softening. Nature Biotechnology, 34, 950-952. doi:10.1038/nbt.3602

Controlling the rate of softening to extend shelf life was a key target for researchers engineering genetically modified (GM) tomatoes in the 1990s, but only modest improvements were achieved. Hybrids grown nowadays contain 'non-ripening mutations' t... Read More

A DEMETER-like DNA demethylase protein governs tomato fruit ripening (2015)
Journal Article
Liu, R. E., How-Kit, A., Stammitti, L., Teyssier, E., Rolin, D., Bertrand, A., …Gallusci, P. (2015). A DEMETER-like DNA demethylase protein governs tomato fruit ripening. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(34), doi:10.1073/pnas.1503362112

In plants, genomic DNA methylation which contributes to development and stress responses can be actively removed by DEMETER-like DNA demethylases (DML). Indeed, in Arabidopsis DMLs are important for maternal imprinting and endosperm demethylation, bu... Read More