Epigenetics

Stem cells undergo extensive self-renewal and have the capacity to differentiate along multiple cell lineages. Progression from stem cells into differentiated progeny requires long-lasting changes in gene expression.  Epigenetic alterations including DNA methylation and histone modifications are the key factors in the differentiation of stem cells into different tissue subtypes. The main objectives of this review are to survey the current literature on the role of epigenetics in determining the fate of stem cells and to assess how this information can be used to enhance the treatment strategies for some neurodegenerative disorders, like Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.