Epigenetic performers in plants

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  • Ming Chen,

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    1. Department of Bioinformatics, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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    • These authors contributed equally.

  • Shaolei Lv,

    1. Department of Bioinformatics, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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    • These authors contributed equally.

  • Yijun Meng

    1. Department of Bioinformatics, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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  • English language editing of this article was supported by Wiley-Blackwell.

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Email: mchen@zju.edu.cn

Abstract

Epigenetic research is at the forefront of plant biology and molecular genetics. Studies on higher plants underscore the significant role played by epigenetics in both plant development and stress response. Relatively recent advances in analytical methodology have allowed for a significant expansion of what is known about genome-wide mapping of DNA methylation and histone modifications. In this review, we explore the different modification patterns in plant epigenetics, and the key factors involved in the epigenetic process, in order to illustrate various putative mechanisms. Experimental technology to exploit these modifications, and proposed focus areas for future plant epigenetic research, are also presented.

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