Epigenetic modifications of histones in cancer

Zibo Zhao, Ali Shilatifard*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The epigenetic modifications of histones are versatile marks that are intimately connected to development and disease pathogenesis including human cancers. In this review, we will discuss the many different types of histone modifications and the biological processes with which they are involved. Specifically, we review the enzymatic machineries and modifications that are involved in cancer development and progression, and how to apply currently available small molecule inhibitors for histone modifiers as tool compounds to study the functional significance of histone modifications and their clinical implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number245
JournalGenome biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 20 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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