Histone Modifications and Epigenetic Regulation Could Hold the Key to Reversing Aging

Epigenetics has numerous connections to the process of aging, research hinting at the association between longevity and factors such as transcriptome length and DNA methylation patterns. Clearly, understanding the molecular controls of aging proves to be an intriguing endeavor as we try to interpret the clues of how we might slow down and perhaps even reverse aging. … Continue reading Histone Modifications and Epigenetic Regulation Could Hold the Key to Reversing Aging

Epigenetic Regulation of a Single Gene Controls Drug and Stress Responses

Researchers have found that the regulation of a specific gene located in an area of the brain linked to depression and drug addiction can reduce the way someone responds to drugs and stressful situations. A mouse study that focused on the epigenetic regulation of a single gene was carried out at the Icahn School of Medicine at … Continue reading Epigenetic Regulation of a Single Gene Controls Drug and Stress Responses

Natural Compound in Cypress Trees Might Epigenetically Protect Against Cancer

A chemical in an essential oil extracted from tree bark might actually reduce cancer growth. Researchers are finding that hinokitiol, a compound found in some cypress trees, not only has anti-infective and anti-oxidative properties, but it might also impact the epigenetic tags on top of DNA and reactivate genes that fight against tumor growth. The epigenetic … Continue reading Natural Compound in Cypress Trees Might Epigenetically Protect Against Cancer

Could Drinking Alcohol Epigenetically Hamper Your Ability to Process Cholesterol?

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Johns Hopkins Medicine worked together to analyze human and mouse epigenomes and discovered that drinking alcohol could lead to epigenetic changes that influence a particular gene’s ability to regulate cholesterol. The results suggest an underlying epigenetic mechanism known as DNA methylation could explain why someone’s body processes cholesterol … Continue reading Could Drinking Alcohol Epigenetically Hamper Your Ability to Process Cholesterol?

The Epigenetic Benefits of Your Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is a time for people to come together to share what they are thankful for, enjoy each other’s company and, perhaps most importantly, eat. Sharing a large feast is a great way to strengthen the bond between family and friends during Thanksgiving, but you might not know it’s an opportunity to make the best … Continue reading The Epigenetic Benefits of Your Thanksgiving Feast

Exploring the Possibility of Extending Lifespan Using Epigenetic Drift

Nearly a century ago, researchers discovered that cutting calorie intake was actually able to extend lifespan in various animal species. Although numerous studies have been conducted since to find out exactly why reducing calories can extend lifespan, scientists have been unable to pinpoint the answer. Now, a group of investigators at the Lewis Katz School … Continue reading Exploring the Possibility of Extending Lifespan Using Epigenetic Drift

An Unlikely Savior: Vinegar Might Epigenetically Protect Plants From Drought

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the greatest threats facing both plants and animals alike. With rising temperatures and irregular weather patterns, droughts have become a far too normal occurrence worldwide. These harsh conditions have proven to be difficult on the survival of agriculture, and scientists all over the world have been searching for a … Continue reading An Unlikely Savior: Vinegar Might Epigenetically Protect Plants From Drought

A Western Diet May Adjust Epigenetic Marks on Children’s DNA and Damage The Nervous System

A recent study has shown that following a western diet even before your child is born may lead to dysfunction of his or her autonomic nervous system via epigenetic changes. A western diet is high in saturated fats, red meats, and empty carbohydrates while being low in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, seafood and poultry. Eating … Continue reading A Western Diet May Adjust Epigenetic Marks on Children’s DNA and Damage The Nervous System

‘Magical’ Mushroom Could Fight off Cancer with Epigenetics

A certain type of mushroom might epigenetically prevent tumor growth, according to a study published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment. A medicinal mushroom, Phellinus linteus (PL), could come with “magical” anticancer properties. Researchers from New York Medical College found that histone deacetylase (HDAC) inactivation and histone acetylation led to the death of bladder cancer cells. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy often … Continue reading ‘Magical’ Mushroom Could Fight off Cancer with Epigenetics

Epigenetically Reactivating a Compromised Immune System with a Specific Sugar

Could a certain type of sugar undo the failure of an individual’s immune system? New research suggests that immune cells can be restored in those with a compromised immune system using a sugar known as beta-glucan, which can turn on an epigenetic “control switch”. For many, getting an infection, such as a sinus infection, feels … Continue reading Epigenetically Reactivating a Compromised Immune System with a Specific Sugar