Crucial roles of histone-modifying enzymes in mediating neural cell-type specification

Seunghee Lee, Soo Kyung Lee

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The development of the central nervous system (CNS) is governed by networks of extrinsic and intrinsic molecular programs that together orchestrate precise gene regulation. For the past few years, significant progress has been made in the characterization of histone-modifying enzymes and the roles they play in transcriptional control by affecting chromatin structure. Importantly, recent studies have revealed dynamic changes in histone modifications over the course of neural cell-fate specification. Further understanding of physiological functions of histone-modifying enzymes and their molecular mechanisms of action in CNS development will provide crucial insights into the process of generating neural cell types with tremendous diversity. Here we discuss the recent advancement in understanding the roles of enzymes involved in histone acetylation and methylation during neural cell-type specification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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