Podcast "Epigenetics Podcast"

A lively discussion about the latest tips and techniques for epigenetics research.

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Ultraconserved Enhancers and Enhancer Redundancy (Diane Dickel)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Diane Dickel from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to talk about her work on ultraconserved enhancers and enhancer redundancy. Diane Dickel and her co-workers study non-coding regions of

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Diane Dickel from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to talk about her work on ultraconserved enhancers and enhancer redundancy. Diane Dickel and her co-workers study non-coding regions of the genome that harbor distant-acting transcriptional regulatory regions, called enhancers. Enhancers have been shown to be critical for normal embryonic development, implying evolutional conservation. Diane Dickel and her team try to identify and characterize enhancers at a genomic scale. Their efforts include the use of CRISPR/CAS9 to mutate enhancer sequences in order to understand sequence dependent functional relevance. In this episode we discuss the function of ultraconserved enhancers, what ultraconservation actually means, how enhancer redundancy works and how Diane Dickel dealt with a failed PhD project.   References Dickel, D. E., Ypsilanti, A. R., Pla, R., Zhu, Y., Barozzi, I., Mannion, B. J., Khin, Y. S., Fukuda-Yuzawa, Y., Plajzer-Frick, I., Pickle, C. S., Lee, E. A., Harrington, A. N., Pham, Q. T., Garvin, T. H., Kato, M., Osterwalder, M., Akiyama, J. A., Afzal, V., Rubenstein, J. L. R., … Visel, A. (2018). Ultraconserved Enhancers Are Required for Normal Development. Cell, 172(3), 491-499.e15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2017.12.017 Gorkin, D. U., Barozzi, I., Zhao, Y., Zhang, Y., Huang, H., Lee, A. Y., Li, B., Chiou, J., Wildberg, A., Ding, B., Zhang, B., Wang, M., Strattan, J. S., Davidson, J. M., Qiu, Y., Afzal, V., Akiyama, J. A., Plajzer-Frick, I., Novak, C. S., … Ren, B. (2020). An atlas of dynamic chromatin landscapes in mouse fetal development. Nature, 583(7818), 744–751. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2093-3 Snetkova, V., Ypsilanti, A. R., Akiyama, J. A., Mannion, B. J., Plajzer-Frick, I., Novak, C. S., Harrington, A. N., Pham, Q. T., Kato, M., Zhu, Y., Godoy, J., Meky, E., Hunter, R. D., Shi, M., Kvon, E. Z., Afzal, V., Tran, S., Rubenstein, J. L. R., Visel, A., … Dickel, D. E. (2021). Ultraconserved enhancer function does not require perfect sequence conservation. Nature Genetics, 53(4), 521–528. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-021-00812-3   Related Episodes Identification of Functional Elements in the Genome (Bing Ren) Epigenetic Reprogramming During Mammalian Development (Wolf Reik) Unraveling Mechanisms of Chromosome Formation (Job Dekker)   Contact Active Motif on Twitter Epigenetics Podcast on Twitter Active Motif on LinkedIn Active Motif on Facebook Email: podcast@activemotif.com

Erschienen: 10.06.2021
Dauer: 47:19

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Ultraconserved Enhancers and Enhancer Redundancy (Diane Dickel)"


Variants of Core Histones: Modulators of Chromatin Structure and Function (Sandra Hake)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Sandra Hake from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen to talk about her work on variants of core histones and their role as modulators of chromatin structure and function. The overarching

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Sandra Hake from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen to talk about her work on variants of core histones and their role as modulators of chromatin structure and function. The overarching goal of Sandra Hake's research group is to understand how changes in chromatin structure and composition can influence various DNA-based processes, such as gene expression, repair of DNA damage, cell cycle progression, and genome stability. Their work deals with the study of histone variants which, together with DNA, represent the building blocks of the smallest chromatin components, the nucleosomes. They also investigate whether mutations and/or post-translational histone modifications and the deregulation of histone variant networks influence the emergence of diseases, especially the emergence of tumors. In this episode we discuss how Sandra Hake approaches the characterization and identification of novel histone variants like H3.3, H3.X and H3.Y, what it's like to work in such a small field like histone variants, and what is coming up next for the Hake lab.   References Hake, S. B., Garcia, B. A., Duncan, E. M., Kauer, M., Dellaire, G., Shabanowitz, J., Bazett-Jones, D. P., Allis, C. D., & Hunt, D. F. (2006). Expression Patterns and Post-translational Modifications Associated with Mammalian Histone H3 Variants. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281(1), 559–568. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M509266200 Wiedemann, S. M., Mildner, S. N., Bönisch, C., Israel, L., Maiser, A., Matheisl, S., Straub, T., Merkl, R., Leonhardt, H., Kremmer, E., Schermelleh, L., & Hake, S. B. (2010). Identification and characterization of two novel primate-specific histone H3 variants, H3.X and H3.Y. Journal of Cell Biology, 190(5), 777–791. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201002043 Bönisch, C., Schneider, K., Pünzeler, S., Wiedemann, S. M., Bielmeier, C., Bocola, M., Eberl, H. C., Kuegel, W., Neumann, J., Kremmer, E., Leonhardt, H., Mann, M., Michaelis, J., Schermelleh, L., & Hake, S. B. (2012). H2A.Z.2.2 is an alternatively spliced histone H2A.Z variant that causes severe nucleosome destabilization. Nucleic Acids Research, 40(13), 5951–5964. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gks267 Link, S., Spitzer, R. M. M., Sana, M., Torrado, M., Völker-Albert, M. C., Keilhauer, E. C., Burgold, T., Pünzeler, S., Low, J. K. K., Lindström, I., Nist, A., Regnard, C., Stiewe, T., Hendrich, B., Imhof, A., Mann, M., Mackay, J. P., Bartkuhn, M., & Hake, S. B. (2018). PWWP2A binds distinct chromatin moieties and interacts with an MTA1-specific core NuRD complex. Nature Communications, 9(1), 4300. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06665-5   Related Episodes Regulation of Chromatin Organization by Histone Chaperones (Geneviève Almouzni) Influence of Histone Variants on Chromatin Structure and Metabolism (Marcus Buschbeck) Chromatin Analysis using Mass Spectrometry (Axel Imhof)   Contact Active Motif on Twitter Epigenetics Podcast on Twitter Active Motif on LinkedIn Active Motif on Facebook Email: podcast@activemotif.com

Erschienen: 27.05.2021
Dauer: 33:11

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Variants of Core Histones: Modulators of Chromatin Structure and Function (Sandra Hake)"


DNA Methylation and Mammalian Development (Déborah Bourc'his)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Déborah Bourc'his from L'Institut Curie in Paris to talk about her work on the role of DNA methylation in mammalian development. During her postdoc years Déborah Bourc'his was able to chara

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Déborah Bourc'his from L'Institut Curie in Paris to talk about her work on the role of DNA methylation in mammalian development. During her postdoc years Déborah Bourc'his was able to characterize DNMT3L, a protein with unknown function at that time. It turned out that this protein is the cofactor responsible for stimulating DNA methylation activity in both the male and the female germline. Later on she discovered a novel DNA methylation enzyme called DNMT3C, which was unknown because it was not properly annotated, there was no sign of expression, and it was only expressed in male fetal germ cells. Furthermore, this enzyme only evolved in rodents, as a defense against young transposons. In this episode we discuss the story behind how Déborah Bourc'his was able to discover and characterize the DNA methylation enzymes DNMT3L and DNMT3C and their role in mammalian development.   References R. Duffie, S. Ajjan, … D. Bourc’his (2014) The Gpr1/Zdbf2 locus provides new paradigms for transient and dynamic genomic imprinting in mammals (Genes & Development) DOI: 10.1101/gad.232058.113 Natasha Zamudio, Joan Barau, … Déborah Bourc’his (2015) DNA methylation restrains transposons from adopting a chromatin signature permissive for meiotic recombination (Genes & Development) DOI: 10.1101/gad.257840.114](https://doi.org/10.1101/gad.257840.114) Marius Walter, Aurélie Teissandier, … Déborah Bourc’his (2016) An epigenetic switch ensures transposon repression upon dynamic loss of DNA methylation in embryonic stem cells (eLife) DOI: 10.7554/eLife.11418](https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.11418) Joan Barau, Aurélie Teissandier, … Déborah Bourc’his (2016) The DNA methyltransferase DNMT3C protects male germ cells from transposon activity (Science (New York, N.Y.)) DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5143 Maxim V. C. Greenberg, Juliane Glaser, … Déborah Bourc’his (2017) Transient transcription in the early embryo sets an epigenetic state that programs postnatal growth (Nature Genetics) DOI: 10.1038/ng.3718 Roberta Ragazzini, Raquel Pérez-Palacios, … Raphaël Margueron (2019) EZHIP constrains Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 activity in germ cells (Nature Communications) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11800-x Dura, M., Teissandier, A., Armand, M., Barau, J., Bonneville, L., Weber, M., Baudrin, L. G., Lameiras, S., & Bourc’his, D. (2021). DNMT3A-dependent DNA methylation is required for spermatogonial stem cells to commit to spermatogenesis [Preprint]. Developmental Biology. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.19.440465   Related Episodes Effects of DNA Methylation on Diabetes (Charlotte Ling) Epigenetic Reprogramming During Mammalian Development (Wolf Reik) Effects of DNA Methylation on Chromatin Structure and Transcription (Dirk Schübeler) CpG Islands, DNA Methylation, and Disease (Sir Adrian Bird)   Contact Active Motif on Twitter Epigenetics Podcast on Twitter Active Motif on LinkedIn Active Motif on Facebook Email: podcast@activemotif.com

Erschienen: 12.05.2021
Dauer: 35:54

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "DNA Methylation and Mammalian Development (Déborah Bourc'his)"


Chromatin Analysis using Mass Spectrometry (Axel Imhof)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Axel Imhof from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany to talk about his work on the identification of chromatin associated proteins using mass spectrometry. As the head of the

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Axel Imhof from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany to talk about his work on the identification of chromatin associated proteins using mass spectrometry. As the head of the Proteomics Core Facility Axel Imhof collaborates with research groups around the world. In addition, in his own lab, he focuses on the assembly and composition of chromatin, how environmental metabolites influence epigenetic marks, and how chromatin factors can be used as markers for pathological states. In this episode we discuss what has changed in the field of mass spectrometry over the years, how Axel Imhof takes advantage of collaborations, how metabolites influence chromatin, and how he is helping to bring epigenetic profiling via mass spectrometry to the clinic.   References Bonaldi, T., Regula, J. T., & Imhof, A. (2003). The Use of Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Histone Modifications. In Methods in Enzymology (Vol. 377, pp. 111–130). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0076-6879(03)77006-2 Völker-Albert, M. C., Pusch, M. C., Fedisch, A., Schilcher, P., Schmidt, A., & Imhof, A. (2016). A Quantitative Proteomic Analysis of In Vitro Assembled Chromatin. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, 15(3), 945–959. https://doi.org/10.1074/mcp.M115.053553 Scharf, A. N. D., Meier, K., Seitz, V., Kremmer, E., Brehm, A., & Imhof, A. (2009). Monomethylation of Lysine 20 on Histone H4 Facilitates Chromatin Maturation. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 29(1), 57–67. https://doi.org/10.1128/MCB.00989-08 Van den Ackerveken, P., Lobbens, A., Turatsinze, J.-V., Solis-Mezarino, V., Völker-Albert, M., Imhof, A., & Herzog, M. (2021). A novel proteomics approach to epigenetic profiling of circulating nucleosomes. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 7256. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-86630-3   Related Episodes Regulation of Chromatin Organization by Histone Chaperones (Geneviève Almouzni) Transcription and Polycomb in Inheritance and Disease (Danny Reinberg)   Contact Active Motif on Twitter Epigenetics Podcast on Twitter Active Motif on LinkedIn Active Motif on Facebook Email: podcast@activemotif.com

Erschienen: 29.04.2021
Dauer: 43:28

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Chromatin Analysis using Mass Spectrometry (Axel Imhof)"


Chromatin Profiling: From ChIP to CUT&RUN, CUT&Tag and CUTAC (Steven Henikoff)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Steven Henikoff from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle to talk about his work on Chromatin Profiling: From ChIP to CUT&RUN, CUT&Tag and CUTAC. In the last few years Steven

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Steven Henikoff from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle to talk about his work on Chromatin Profiling: From ChIP to CUT&RUN, CUT&Tag and CUTAC.

Erschienen: 15.04.2021
Dauer: 50:13

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Chromatin Profiling: From ChIP to CUT&RUN, CUT&Tag and CUTAC (Steven Henikoff)"


Effects of DNA Methylation on Diabetes (Charlotte Ling)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Charlotte Ling from Lund University in Sweden, to talk about her work on the role of DNA methylation in diabetes. Dr. Charlotte Ling investigates how epigenetics influences diabetes, a major

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Charlotte Ling from Lund University in Sweden, to talk about her work on the role of DNA methylation in diabetes.

Erschienen: 01.04.2021
Dauer: 41:45

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Effects of DNA Methylation on Diabetes (Charlotte Ling)"


Nutriepigenetics: The Effects of Diet on Behavior (Monica Dus)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Monica Dus from the University of Michigan to talk about her work on nutriepigenetics and the effects of diet on behavior. The focus of Monica Dus and her team is to study the effect of sugar

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Monica Dus from the University of Michigan to talk about her work on nutriepigenetics and the effects of diet on behavior.

Erschienen: 18.03.2021
Dauer: 43:35

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Nutriepigenetics: The Effects of Diet on Behavior (Monica Dus)"


Investigating the Dynamics of Epigenetic Plasticity in Cancer with Single Cell Technologies (Céline Vallot)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Céline Vallot from L'Institut Curie in Paris to discuss her work on investigating the dynamics of epigenetic plasticity in cancer with single cell technologies. During her Post-Doc years Cé

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Céline Vallot from L'Institut Curie in Paris to discuss her work on investigating the dynamics of epigenetic plasticity in cancer with single cell technologies.

Erschienen: 04.03.2021
Dauer: 34:13

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Investigating the Dynamics of Epigenetic Plasticity in Cancer with Single Cell Technologies (Céline Vallot)"


Epigenetic Regulation of Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Differentiation (Margaret “Peggy” Goodell)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Margaret (“Peggy”) Goodell from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas to talk about her work on the epigenetic regulation of stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Dr. Margret

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Margaret (“Peggy”) Goodell from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas to talk about her work on the epigenetic regulation of stem cell self-renewal and differentiation.

Erschienen: 18.02.2021
Dauer: 40:52

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Epigenetic Regulation of Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Differentiation (Margaret “Peggy” Goodell)"


Genome-Wide Investigation of Epigenetic Marks and Nucleosome Positioning (Keji Zhao)

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Dr. Keji Zhao from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, to talk about his work on the genome-wide investigation of epigenetic ma

In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we caught up with Dr. Keji Zhao from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, to talk about his work on the genome-wide investigation of epigenetic marks and nucleosome positioning.

Erschienen: 04.02.2021
Dauer: 31:33

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Genome-Wide Investigation of Epigenetic Marks and Nucleosome Positioning (Keji Zhao)"


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