Epigenetic Drugs That Fight Cancer Also Show Promise as Antivirals

Epigenetic drugs designed to fight cancer might actually be used against many viruses as well. A recent study published in the American Society for Microbiology shows that some pharmaceuticals that act epigenetically have the power to be used as broad spectrum antivirals. Specifically, the researchers looked at histone methyltransferases EZH2/1 inhibitors which can help fight against cancer. Numerous DNA … Continue reading Epigenetic Drugs That Fight Cancer Also Show Promise as Antivirals

Bolstering Your Defenses Against COVID-19: An “Epigenetic” Diet

The recent COVID-19 pandemic is caused by SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), a novel betacoronavirus. It was first recognized in the beginning of 2020 as a new member of the same coronavirus family that caused SARS and MERS. So far there is no vaccine or effective drugs that can be used for prevention … Continue reading Bolstering Your Defenses Against COVID-19: An “Epigenetic” Diet

Vaccine Targets Viral Epigenetic Modification, Could Prevent Respiratory Infection

As COVID-19 is proving to the world, viruses are powerful biological agents, capable of rapidly effecting massive damage and fatality. And yet, they’re so simple: a virus is merely comprised of pieces of genetic material—either RNA or DNA—wrapped in a protein envelope, which is known as a “capsid.”But coronaviruses are not the only type of virus out … Continue reading Vaccine Targets Viral Epigenetic Modification, Could Prevent Respiratory Infection

Could Poor Sleep and Histone Modification Degrade Your Memory?

Impaired sleep is a common issue that plagues many people. Not getting enough rest can lead to moodiness, cognitive decline, increased anxiety, and difficulty concentrating or remembering things. It’s estimated that 50-70 million adults in the US have sleep or wakefulness disorder, according to the CDC. But, for something so crucial to our lives, sleep is … Continue reading Could Poor Sleep and Histone Modification Degrade Your Memory?

A Look Into the Epigenetics of a Coronavirus Infection

Emerging viral infections pose a major threat to global public health. In the last two decades, the world has dealt with several fatal outbreaks from the Swine Flu to Ebola to Zika infections and more. The latest to appear is COVID-19, which emerged in December in Wuhan, China and spread quickly around the globe. Although … Continue reading A Look Into the Epigenetics of a Coronavirus Infection

How Understanding an Individual’s Epigenetics Can Help Measure and Treat Addiction

For a long time humans have wondered if chemicals causing drug and alcohol addiction could be active in the genes and potentially passed on to the next generation. Although this was not scientifically proven until recent years, the fear of suffering from addictive diseases led children of addicts and former addicts to avoid alcohol and … Continue reading How Understanding an Individual’s Epigenetics Can Help Measure and Treat Addiction

Nicotine Could Cause Epigenetic Changes to Testes and Compromise Fertility

Despite the countless destructive health consequences and carcinogenic properties of cigarette smoke, the CDC estimates that 40 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. The toxic chemicals are capable of causing damage to nearly every organ in the body and can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer. Researchers continue to … Continue reading Nicotine Could Cause Epigenetic Changes to Testes and Compromise Fertility

Vitamin D Adjusts Epigenetic Marks That Could Hinder A Baby’s Health

Even though it’s common for expectant mothers to have low vitamin D levels, it’s essential to the health and proper development of the baby. A low amount of vitamin D is associated with poor fetal growth, childhood obesity, bone density, and bone mineral content. Interestingly, key functions of the placenta – like transporting nutrients to the growing … Continue reading Vitamin D Adjusts Epigenetic Marks That Could Hinder A Baby’s Health

Epigenetic Differences Found between Office Workers and Nickel Smelting Workers

It’s possible that someone’s occupation could have an influence on their epigenetic signature and potentially their well-being. Some people may prefer to work in a steady office environment, some take up graveyard shifts, and others might enjoy working outdoors. All of these occupational settings may have consequences for an individual’s mental and physical health and … Continue reading Epigenetic Differences Found between Office Workers and Nickel Smelting Workers

Histone Demethylation Plays a Role in Turning Stem Cells into Blood Vessel Cells

How stem cells become specific cell types is an intricate process, yet understanding the mechanisms that trigger this process may well prove to be beneficial for use in repairing and regenerating tissue.  In a recent study, scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago investigated the molecular mechanism, histone demethylation, and how it plays an essential role … Continue reading Histone Demethylation Plays a Role in Turning Stem Cells into Blood Vessel Cells