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Long-term outdoor air pollution and DNA methylation...

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:39 pm
by Wilberforce
http://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/arti ... 016-0202-4
Long-term outdoor air pollution and DNA methylation in circulating monocytes:
results from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)

Gloria C. ChiEmail author, Yongmei Liu, James W. MacDonald, R. Graham Barr, Kathleen M. Donohue, Mark D. Hensley, Lifang Hou, Charles E. McCall, Lindsay M. Reynolds, David S. Siscovick and Joel D. Kaufman
Environmental Health201615:119
DOI: 10.1186/s12940-016-0202-4

"Previous studies show that DNA methylation patterns are associated with atherosclerosis, ischemic heart
disease, and blood pressure while others have suggested DNA methylation as a biomarker for cardiovascular
disease. Moreover, exposure to air pollutants such as black carbon, particulate matter, benzene, and SO4
led to a genome-wide reduction in DNA methylation, or global hypomethylation, and were associated with
methylation levels of candidate genes."