The Methylated DNA Immunoprecipitation [MeDIP] to Investigate the Epigenetic Remodeling in Cell Fate Determination and Cancer Development

  • Silvia Masciarelli
  • Teresa Bellissimo
  • Ilaria Iosue
  • Francesco FaziEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1379)


Epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation, posttranslational modifications of histone proteins, remodeling of nucleosomes, and the expression of noncoding RNAs contribute to the regulation of gene expression for the cell fate determination and tissue development. The disruption of these epigenetic mechanisms, in conjunction with genetic alterations, is a decisive element for cancer development and progression. The cancer phenotype is characterized by global DNA hypomethylation and gene-specific hypermethylation. The methylated DNA immunoprecipitation [MeDIP] is a useful approach currently used to clarify the functional consequences of DNA methylation on cell fate determination and cancer development.

Key words

Epigenetic remodeling DNA methylation MeDIP 5-Methyl-cytosine CpG island Chromatin immunoprecipitation Cancer chemoprevention 



The work was supported by AIRC Start-up grant 4841.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Masciarelli
    • 1
  • Teresa Bellissimo
    • 1
  • Ilaria Iosue
    • 1
  • Francesco Fazi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Section of Histology & Medical Embryology, Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic & Orthopaedic SciencesSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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