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Provides evidence that environmental exposures during early development can alter the risk of developing medical conditions
Presents epigenetic processes that occur in human embryonic stem cells, as well as in differentiating cells and organs such as the brain, discussing autism, schizophrenia and even sexual dimorphism in the developing brains of males and females.
Summarizes the latest epigenetic advances in the understanding of cancer development and progression, with a special focus on DNA methylation alterations and their value in clinical oncology for cancer management
Exposure to environmental toxicants is associated with changes in DNA methylation and gene expression profiles that together can contribute to increased disease susceptibility. The chapters in this volume, Environmental Epigenomics in Health and Disease - Epigenetics and Disease Origins, address a wide range of environmental exposures, such as airborne particulates, cocaine, radiation, tobacco smoke, and xenoestrogens. Particular emphasis is placed on the consequences of environmental exposures during development on epigenetic reprogramming that influences adult disease pathogenesis. Health outcomes associated with these exposures include autoimmune disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and cancer. Importantly, dietary supplements and drugs can modify the epigenetic effects induced by these agents, thereby reducing their toxicological impact. The overall purpose of this volume and its companion, Environmental Epigenomics in Health and Disease - Epigenetics and Complex Diseases, is to give readers an overview of how environmental exposures during early development can influence disease formation by disrupting epigenetic processes and developmental programming.