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The cellular phenotype is described by a complex network of molecular interactions. Elucidating network properties that distinguish disease from the healthy cellular state is therefore of critical importance for gaining systems-level insights into disease mechanisms and ultimately for developing improved therapies. By integrating gene expression data with a(More)
It is now well established that the genomic landscape of DNA methylation (DNAm) gets altered as a function of age, a process we here call 'epigenetic drift'. The biological, functional, clinical and evolutionary significance of this epigenetic drift, however, remains unclear. We here provide a brief review of epigenetic drift, focusing on the potential(More)
T his article is the second part of an updated version of the " MINDS 2006–2007 Report of the Speech Understanding Working Group, " one of five reports emanating from two workshops entitled " Meeting of the MINDS: Future Directions for Human Language Technology, " sponsored by the U.S. Disruptive Technology Office (DTO). (MINDS is an acronym for " machine(More)
Familial pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is associated with mutations in bone morphogenetic protein type II receptor (BMPR2). Many of these mutations occur in the BMPR2 tail domain, leaving the SMAD functions intact. To determine the in vivo consequences of BMPR2 tail domain mutation, we created a smooth muscle-specific doxycycline-inducible BMPR2(More)
Epigenetic changes have been associated with ageing and cancer. Identifying and interpreting epigenetic changes associated with such phenotypes may benefit from integration with protein interactome models. We here develop and validate a novel integrative epigenome-interactome approach to identify differential methylation interactome hotspots associated with(More)
BACKGROUND While BMPR2 mutation strongly predisposes to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), only 20% of mutation carriers develop clinical disease. This finding suggests that modifier genes contribute to FPAH clinical expression. Since modifiers are likely to be common alleles, this problem is not tractable by traditional genetic approaches. Furthermore,(More)
Human papillomavirus-positive (HPV+) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) represents a distinct clinical and epidemiological condition compared with HPV-negative (HPV-) HNSCC. To test the possible involvement of epigenetic modulation by HPV in HNSCC, we conducted a genome-wide DNA-methylation analysis. Using laser-capture microdissection of 42(More)
  • Susan Majka, Moira Hagen, Thomas Blackwell, Julie Harral, Jennifer A Johnson, Robert Gendron +6 others
  • 2011
BACKGROUND Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is thought to be driven by dysfunction of pulmonary vascular microendothelial cells (PMVEC). Most hereditary PAH is associated with BMPR2 mutations. However, the physiologic and molecular consequences of expression of BMPR2 mutations in PMVEC are unknown. METHODS In vivo experiments were performed on adult(More)
BACKGROUND Endometrial cancer incidence is continuing to rise in the wake of the current ageing and obesity epidemics. Much of the risk for endometrial cancer development is influenced by the environment and lifestyle. Accumulating evidence suggests that the epigenome serves as the interface between the genome and the environment and that hypermethylation(More)