Handbook of Epigenetics

Handbook of Epigenetics

The New Molecular and Medical Genetics

2nd Edition - July 10, 2017

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  • Editor: Trygve Tollefsbol
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128053881
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054772

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Handbook of Epigenetics: The New Molecular and Medical Genetics, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive analysis of epigenetics, from basic biology, to clinical application. Epigenetics is considered by many to be the new genetics in that many biological phenomena are controlled, not through gene mutations, but rather through reversible and heritable epigenetic processes. These epigenetic processes range from DNA methylation to prions. The biological processes impacted by epigenetics are vast and encompass effects in lower organisms and humans that include tissue and organ regeneration, X-chromosome inactivation, stem cell differentiation, genomic imprinting, and aging. The first edition of this important work received excellent reviews; the second edition continues its comprehensive coverage adding more current research and new topics based on customer and reader reviews, including new discoveries, approved therapeutics, and clinical trials. From molecular mechanisms and epigenetic technology, to discoveries in human disease and clinical epigenetics, the nature and applications of the science is presented for those with interests ranging from the fundamental basis of epigenetics, to therapeutic interventions for epigenetic-based disorders.

Key Features

  • Timely and comprehensive collection of fully up-to-date reviews on epigenetics that are organized into one volume and written by leading figures in the field
  • Covers the latest advances in many different areas of epigenetics, ranging from basic aspects, to technologies, to clinical medicine
  • Written at a verbal and technical level that can be understood by scientists and college students
  • Updated to include new epigenetic discoveries, newly approved therapeutics, and clinical trials


Researchers working in genetics, biology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical science, and clinical therapy; advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, university researchers, pharmaceutical company and biotechnology researchers interested in drug development and therapies

Table of Contents

  • 1. An Overview of Epigenetics

    SECTION I:  Molecular Mechanisms of Epigenetics
    2. Mechanisms of DNA Methylation
    3. Molecular Mechanisms of Histone Modification
    4. The Epigenetics of Non-coding RNA

    SECTION II:  Additional Epigenetic Processes
    5. Prions in Epigenetic Inheritance
    6. Chromosomal Position Effects
    7. Polycomb-group Proteins and Epigenetics

    SECTION III:  Epigenetic Technology
    8. Analyses of Gene-specific DNA Methylation
    9. Methods for Assessing Genome-wide DNA Methylation
    10. Determination of Histone Modifications of Specific Genes
    11. Analyses of Genome-wide Histone Modifications
    12. Techniques for Genome-wide Expression of Non-coding RNA
    13. Computational Epigenetics

    SECTION IV:  Model Organisms of Epigenetics
    14. Epigenetics of Lower Organisms
    15. Drosophila Epigenetics
    16. Models of Mouse Epigenetic Inheritance
    17. Plant Epigenetics

    SECTION V:  Metabolism and Epigenetics
    18. Metabolic Effects on DNA Methylation
    19. Metabolism and Chromatin Dynamics

    SECTION VI:  Functions of Epigenetics
    20. Epigenetics, Stem Cells and Cellular Differentiation
    21. Regeneration Epigenetics
    22. Epigenetics of X-chromosome Inactivation
    23. Genomic Imprinting
    24. Epigenetics of Memory Processes
    25. Transgenerational Epigenetics
    26. Aging Epigenetics

    SECTION VII:  Evolutionary Epigenetics
    27. Evolution of Epigenetic Mechanisms
    28. Adaptive Evolution and Epigenetics

    SECTION VIII:  Epigenetic Epidemiology
    29. The Effects of Diet on Epigenetic Processes
    30. Environmental Agents and Epigenetic Effects
    31. Impact of Infective Agents on the Epigenome
    32. Population Pharmacoepigenomics

    SECTION IX:  Epigenetics and Human Disease
    33. Cancer Epigenetics
    34. The Role of Epigenetics in Immune Disorders
    35. Epigenetics of Brain Disorders
    36. The Epigenetics of Metabolic Diseases
    37. Imprinting Defects in Humans

    SECTION X:  Epigenetic Therapy
    38. DNA Demethylating Agents in Clinical Medicine
    39. Clinical Applications of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors
    40. Combination Epigenetic Therapy

    SECTION XI:  The Future of Epigenetics
    41. New Directions for Epigenetic Research

Product details

  • No. of pages: 682
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: July 10, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128053881
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054772

About the Editor

Trygve Tollefsbol

Trygve Tollefsbol
Dr. Tollefsbol is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and a Senior Scientist in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, Integrative Center for Aging Research, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University Wide Microbiome Center, and the Comprehensive Diabetes Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is Director of the UAB Cell Senescence Culture Facility which he established in 1999. Dr. Tollefsbol trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Research Professor with members of the National Academy of Science at Duke University and the University of North Carolina. He earned doctorates in molecular biology and osteopathic medicine from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Houston. He has received prior funding from the NCI, NHLBI, NIMH and other federal institutes as well as the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) among many other sources.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA

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