Children & infants of smoking mothers will have an obvious intense exposure and hence retardation of physical and intellectual growth is likely to occur discount celecoxib 100 mg with amex. Benefits of cessation or reducing exposure to cigarette smoke When a person stops smoking the risks of diseases and subsequent death start to decline The risk to reach to that of non-smoking people may take 20 years of smoke-free period 200mg celecoxib amex. The amount of cigarettes smoked daily generic 100mg celecoxib fast delivery, and duration of smoking determines the rate of decrease of risks. The relative risk of lung cancer and laryngeal cancer start to decline after 1 to 2 smoke free years. However considering lung cancer former smokers will have slightly higher risk than non-smokers even after 30 years of smoke-free years. When it comes to coronary diseases the decline of risk is rapid and it can level with those of non-smokers after 5 to 20 years. Chemical & Drug injury Injuries due to chemicals can be from therapeutic agents and nontherapeutic agents. Adverse drug reactions Injuries due to therapeutic agents are known as adverse drug reactions. Adverse drug reactions are any response to a drug that is noxious and unintended and that occurs at doses used in humans for prophylaxis, diagnosis, or therapy. Exaggeration of the intended pharmacologic effect which are largely predictable effects 2. For example use of large dose daunorubicin or doxorubicin to treat some forms of cancer may cause cardiotoxicity. The reactions is called idiosyncrasy and is due to an abnormal immunologic response to the drug or un predictable cytotoxicity caused by the drug. Possible examples will be extensive hepatic necrosis, which develops after intake of therapeutic dose of acetaminophen, or anaphylaxis, which develop after therapeutic dose of penicillin. Non-therapeutic agents Ethyl alcohol A large percentage of our population is a social drinker and still a significant number of individuals are alcoholic or alcohol dependent. Alcohol has an obvious acute effect but has also an effect of a long-standing use of alcohol on organs and tissues. Alcohol Metabolism: - About 2 to 10% of the ethanol consumed is excreted directly through the breath, urine or sweat. The amount exhaled is directly proportional to the blood level and hence is used by legal enforcement agencies. After ingestion, a small amount of ethanol is directly metabolized by gastric mucosa alcohol dehydrogenase. The rest is rapidly absorbed from stomach & intestines, once in the liver alcohol is metabolized by three pathways in the liver st cells. The 1 involves hepatic alcohol dehydrogenase, yielding acetaldehyde, which is then converted to acetate by aldehydedehydrogenase. It depresses the inhibitory control centers thereby releasing excitatory pathways that accounts for the wide spread belief that alcohol is a stimulant. The cortex affected first, the limbic system, cerebellum and finally brainstem are affected as the blood level increases. Not with a clearly understood mechanism, acute alcoholism has also "black out" effects that are episodes of forgetting what has happened during drinking. These are discussed in adequate detail in the chapter that deals with liver diseases. Cells are distended with fat accumulation, which can be mobilized when the exposure to alcohol is discontinued. Alcoholic hepatitis can occur with episodes of heavy drinking and may or may not be preceded by fat accumulation and may or may not be followed by cirrhosis which is the end stage of fatty changes that occur in chronic alcoholism. The chronic alcoholic subsists with an inadequate dietary intake and alcohol itself impairs intestinal absorption of thiamine. This condition may occur in non-chronic alcoholics who become thiamine deficient for various reasons. Wernickes enephalopathy occur in a subset of alcoholics, probably in those who have an inherited or acquired abnormality of a thiamine dependent transketolase (enzyme involved in cerebral glucose & energy metabolism) reducing its affinity for thiamine. Clinically it is characterized by ataxia, global confusion, ophtalmoplegia and often nystagmus. The underlying morphology includes foci of symmetric discoloration and sometimes softening with congestion, & punctate hemorrhage in the paraventricular region of the thalamus & Hypothalamus, in the mammillary bodies about the aqueduct in the midbrain, in the floor of the fourth ventricle and in the anterior cerebellum. The neurons may be relatively spared in the early stages but eventually reveal degenerative changes and eventually cell death. There are no specific morphologic changes other than seen in wernickes encephalopiathy but this does not show any improvement with thiamine treatment. Hence it is believed that korsakoffs syndrome is caused by direct neurotoxicity of ethanol compounded by a lack of thiamine. These are supposed to be due to thiamine deficiency as well, rather than ethanol direct toxicity. Cortical atrophy is also a potential consequence but many studies didnt reveal any reduction in size of the cortex in chronic alcoholics. Peripheral Nerves The peripheral nerves suffer a demylinating polyneuropathy, occasionally mononeuropathy that is fairly common in chronic alcoholics who are malnourished. On the other hand a direct ethanol injury to myocardium will result in cardiomyopathy, which is discussed in the chapter that deals with heart diseases. Miscellaneous changes: Chronic alcohol intake has a tendency to produce hypertension even though in low doses alcohol (ethanol) tends to reduce blood pressure. Chronic alcoholics suffer higher incidence of acute & chronic pancreatitis and regressive changes in skeletal muscle referred as alcoholic myopathy. During pregnancy a condition known as fetal alcohol syndrome may 243 take place in infants whose mothers have been taking alcohol even as low as two to three drinks per day. The fetues can have microcephally, mental retardation, facial mal formation & cardiac defects at times. Physical injuries These are mainly classified in to four groups: injuries due to mechanical forces, changes in temperature, changes in atmospheric presence, and electromagnetic energy. A-Injuries due to mechanical forces Injuries due to mechanical forces are (1) soft tissue injuries, (2) bone injuries, (3) head injuries. Here we deal with soft tissue injuries, which are divided accordingly to their depth. Abrasion: this type of injury represents the most superficial type of skin injury, which involves the epidermal layer. It occurs when superficial epidermal cells are turnoff by friction or a glancing blow. There is no perforation of the skin & hence regeneration occurs with out scarring. Laceration versus incision Laceration is an injury over the skin which is an irregular tear produced by overstretching. The margins of a laceration are frequently hemorrhagic & traumatized and there will be bridging stands of tissues like blood vessels or fibrous tissues at the base. The margins are relatively clean and there are no bridging fibrous strands or tissues. An incision, in contrast to laceration, will be approximated by sutures to heal leaving no or little scar. Contusion This is an injury that is cause by a blunt force that injurs small blood vessels & causes intestinal bleeding usually with out a breach on the superficial tissue the bleeding will be evident if the contusion is on a superficial tissue but if it is in deeper structures like skeletal 244 muscles the bleeding will be evident after several hours or may remain obscured excepts the swelling & pain that is felt at the area over the contusion. Gunshot wounds Looking at the gunshot wounds give a very detailed story as to whether the shot is from a distance or, near by, or from a rifle or a handgun. It also tells the direction from which the bullets came & other important information for a forensic pathologist. With a shot from close range, the entry wound has a gray black discoloration produced by the heat, smoke and unburned powder. There are also peripheral stippling of discrete, larger particles formed by the unburned powder, When the shot distance increases a beat only the stippling are present and at greater distances no gray black discoloration or stippling are present rather a wound smaller in size from the bullet and with narrow enclosing rim of abrasion is present. Cutaneous exit wounds are generally more irregular than the entry wounds due to the wobbling or trajectory motion of the bullet. In high velocity riffle bullets the exit wounds are larger and there are no stippling or dark discolorations. Large caliber, light velocity bullets cause extensive injury around the traversing wound due to the mass, velocity and motion of the bullet. Small caliber low velocity bullets cause a limited amount of injury to surrounding tissue. In general, it suffices to say that gun shot wounds tell a story to the experienced individual.

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Insect life cycles are adapted to a variety of a biotic condition purchase celecoxib 200 mg free shipping, including seasonal extremes of heat and cold purchase 100mg celecoxib amex, wet and dry cheap 100mg celecoxib overnight delivery, and notably to unpredictable climate. In the tropical countries the largest group of illnesses is probably insect- borne, and it is important to know the habits of the insect vectors. Similarly rodents contribute as potential reservoirs of a number of important diseases besides their attribute to economic losses. Their epidemiology is influenced by attributes of their vectors, which in turn are closely linked to environmental conditions. Over the past decades, the increased demands on the landscape for food and shelter and an increased number of by-products of mans living environment have led to unparalleled changes. Some of these changes have led to an increase in the distribution of several vector borne diseases, 6 including malaria. The key to the success of arthropod-borne disease transmission lies in the competence of vector efficiency. Whereas one vector species may be extremely efficient in the transmission of a particular pathogen, a closely related species may be totally incompetent as a vector. Even within a single vector species, individuals and populations vary dramatically in their competence to transmit a particular pathogenic agent. The expression of vector competence appears to be controlled, in part, by genetic factors involving multiple genes. Environmental factors and behavioral patterns of vector and human populations combine to provide favorable conditions for malaria transmission. While much is known about vector biology, behavior, and malaria parasites, the importance of human behavior in malaria transmission has been largely overlooked. This failure to consider community attitude and beliefs about malaria has contributed to the inability of programs to achieve sustainable control. An intimate knowledge of community attitudes, knowledge and behavior can form the basis for appropriate planning of control measures. Arbo viruses: are viruses that are transmitted from one vertebrate to the other by the help of mosquitoes and other arthropods. Biological vectors- are vectors that transmit disease pathogens after the multiplication or development of the pathogen in the 7 insect gut or muscle. Insecticide formulation:- is the addition of substances ( solvent or diluents ) which enable a given chemical insecticide to be used to greatest advantage. Mechanical vectors- are vectors that transmit pathogenic Microorganisms without undertaking any developmental change. Medical Entomology:-This is a special phase of entomology and parasitology which deals with arthropods which affect the health and well-being of man and vertebrate animals. In other words medical entomology is a medical science directly concerned with vectors that affect human and animal health. Old World:- refers to the Eastern hemispher; the world of Europe, Asia and Africa. Rodents:- comprise a great number of mammals, ranging in size from the rats and mice to as large as the Porcupines and which belong to the order rodentia. In this course we are concerned with the domestic rats and mice, which is one of the serious health hazards in the community. Technical grade insecticides: are an insecticides that exist in its purest commercial form. Vector(s):-In communicable disease terminology, vectors are arthropods or other invertebrates which transmit infection by inoculation into or through the skin or mucous membrane by 8 biting or by deposit of infective materials on the skin or on food or other objects. Namely, Mechanical disease transmission, Biological disease transmission, and hereditary disease transmission. Mechanical disease transmission:- is a type of disease transmission in which the vector is no more than a carrier that transmit pathogens without any change either on the number or form of disease pathogens. Biological disease transmission: In this type of disease transmission certain developmental pattern exists either in the vector or host or in both cases. Propagative: In propagative type of disease transmission only the number of pathogens increases and the developmental stage remain constant. The disease plague and typhus are a good examples of propagative type of disease transmission. Cyclo-developmental: In this type of disease transmission only the developmental stage (form) of the disease pathogen changed (small to big, immature to matured stage, etc. Cyclo-propagative: This type of disease transmission is a combination of both propagative and cyclo-developmental where by the disease pathogen under take a change both in number and developmental form (stage). Transovarian(Hereditary)disease transmission:- is a type of disease transmission where by the causative agent is transmitted to the immature stage ( usually to egg ) from the adult insects and / or other arthropods who carry disease pathogens and when the infected egg complete its developmental stage, it become infective or can transmit the disease to man and other animals. Ticks are very good examples of arthropods that exhibit hereditary disease transmission. Insects of Public Health Importance Introduction Arthropod is the great phylum of invertebrate animals. They were the first animal phylum to overcome the problems of locomotion, respiration, and water conservation in a terrestrial environment. All species under phylum arthropoda have the following characteristics in common Bilaterally symmetrical body sub-divided into segments. Chitin is a tough and rigid substance made up of poly (N-acetyl)-D-glucosamine (C15H20N2O10). The phylum arthropoda from public health point of view can be sub- divided in to five important classes namely Insecta, Arachnida, Diplopoda, Chilopoda and Crustacea. Of all the animal phyla, only the arthropods and the chordates have succeeded extensively in adapting to life in dry air. Insects now inhabit virtually all land surfaces of the globe except the extreme polar regions and the highest mountain peaks. Of these, the predators kill their prey more or less immediately, while parasitoids feed externally or internally in their host for some period before finally killing it. The exoskeleton provides not only strong support and protection for the body but also a large internal area for muscle attachments. The head bears a pair of large compound eyes and as many as three simple eyes, or ocelli, a pair of sensory antennae, and the feeding appendages or mouth parts. The abdomen is composed of no more than 10 or 11 visible segments and lacks appendages except for a pair of cerci and the reproductive external genitalia that may be present near the tip of the anal opening. Adult insects belonging to the diptera have one pair of functional wings and undergo holometabolous life cycle. Generally there are more than 50,000 species of both biting and non-biting diptera and the majority of which have no medical importance, but few of them are the most important disease vectors. Most of the families (including Culcidae, Simulidae, Psycodidae, Glosinidae and Muscidae) which are discuced in the concicative chapters are included under this order. Write the three types of disease transmission and give a short description for each. Mosquitoes are notorious as proven vectors of some of the most devastating human diseases. There is little need to document the impact on human public health of malaria, yellow fever, filariasis, and several mosquito-borne diseases of arboviral etiology. Rift Valley fever and the equine encephalitis are important livestock diseases transmitted 14 by mosquitoes. The Anophelinae and the culicinae are blood feeders but the third subfamily, the toxorhynictinae, do not feed on blood and so do not concern in here. They can be easily identified from other insects by -Mouth parts possession of a mouth part which is conspicuous 15 and forwardly projected proboscis -The presence of scales on their abdomen, legs and thorax - The presence of fringe of scales at the posterior margin of wings. This sperm is enough to fertilize all the eggs that can be laid by the female through out her life time thus only one mating and insemination per female is required. After mating it is a must for a mosquito to have a blood meal for the eggs to be matured. After taking a blood meal they have to take a rest for digestion and egg maturation. The speed of digestion of the blood-meal depends on temperature and in most tropical species takes only 2-3 days, but in colder, temperate countries blood digestion may take as long as 7-14 days. Such a repeated process of blood feeding then egg maturation followed by oviposition through out the females life time is called Gonotrophic cycle.

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Pericarditis, the implantation of cardioverter devices (devices that cor- inflammatory involvement of the pericardium (mem- rect abnormal heart rhythm). Giant cell arteritis is another carditis (due to chronic thickening and calcification of inflammatory disease of the medium arteries, which the pericardium). Middle-aged women involvement is the temporal artery, near the eye, which with active lupus are more than 50 times more likely to manifests as severe headache or transient cerebral develop myocardial infarction and this has been associ- ischemic attacks (transient failure of blood flow to the ated with disease duration, period of time treated with brain). American Heart Association guide for improving cardiovascular health at tem causing heart block. Systemic scleroderma can the community level: A statement for public health practitioners, involve the conduction system (system transmitting car- healthcare providers, and health policy makers from the diac activity through the heart) but more often causes American Heart Association Expert Panel on Population and patchy microinfarcts (mini-infarcts). Frequent center study of pregnancy outcomes in women with heart dis- use of the computer keyboard has also been implicated ease. Clinical characteristics of coronary heart disease in women: Emphasis on gender differences. Cardiovascular front and back of the index and long fingers, as well as Research, 53, 558567. The median nerve and the tendons that flex women may be due to the smaller size of the carpal tun- and extend the fingers pass through this small tunnel. Repetitive bend- ment of the diagnosing physician and are dependent ing and extending of the tendons in the hands and upon many considerations. Such postures of the hands the case of factors related to the workplace to evalu- and wrists often occur in job-related circumstances in ate the work environment, including the workstation which the worker might perform repeated movements and the tools themselves; the repetitive movements of the hands; hold the wrist in awkward postures, such involved in getting a task accomplished; and the as in a bent position; use forceful grips such as holding possibility of incorporating rest breaks or rotating to a tool too tightly because it is too big or heavy; or exert different jobs. What you need to checking, carpentry, and other jobs where there is a know about carpal tunnel syndrome: A physical therapists per- combination of highly repetitive, forceful work have spective. Today, due to advances in medical instru- Suggested Resources mentation and surgical technique, an extracapsular Mayo Clinic. Once the natural lens is removed, a new one must replace it to focus the eye and provide clear vision. This can be done in three ways: Cataract A cataract is a clouding of the eyes natural 1. This is the oldest method, and for quite can cause a little blur in vision to near total loss of vision. The glasses The rate at which a cataract will progress is highly vari- required after cataract surgery are thick; they give good able. A cataract is not a film over the eye that can be central vision but the side vision is compromised. A cataract is not visible in the mirror unless Objects are magnified by 25% which makes it difficult it is very dense. Generally, waiting to have a cataract removed poor choice and almost never done presently. Difficulty arises due symptoms which patients experience will help to decide to trouble inserting the lens, irritation caused by the whether to proceed with surgery. The lens ished vision interferes with daily living patterns and is placed in the eye in nearly every cataract operation removing the cataract is worth the rare risks involved. Excellent results have placed intraoc- The majority of cataracts are formed later in life as ular lenses well beyond the experimental stage. Some patients develop last 20 years, over 5 million intraocular implants have cataracts earlier than others. Cataracts can develop as a result of injury, chronic tions, the lens need not be replaced. It does not have eye disease, systemic diseases (such as diabetes), and to be removed to be cleaned at any time. Cataracts are not caused Intraocular lenses that we use are placed in one of by reading, watching too much television, sewing, or two locations. Vitamins place for the implanted lens as it is the position where and herbal remedies have not been proven to prevent the natural lens existed. In The only treatment now for cataracts is surgical some patients, this may be the only option if the mem- removal. Laser surgery at present is not Intraocular lenses may be inserted after a previous used to remove cataracts. There are several ways to surgery when the patient did not originally have any 143 Cervical Cancer implant inserted. Many surgeons feel that the placement is detected early, it can be reattached surgically with of a lens as a second procedure is somewhat less satis- usually little vision loss. Macular edema or swelling of factory and more hazardous than placing it at the time the macula (the center of the retina) may occur in of surgery, but many thousands of lens implants have 20% of cases. Glaucoma may In the old days, cataract surgery involved pro- occur after cataract surgery, but usually can be con- longed hospitalization and sand bags for immobiliza- trolled with drops. Many people remember their grandparents During surgery, the membrane that supports the undergoing this type of operation and are unnecessar- implant may be too weak and part of the cataract may ily alarmed about surgery. This has happened to nearly all techniques, cataract surgery has become safer and heal- cataract surgeons. The surgery is plication is usually to have a retinal surgeon remove the done on an outpatient basis. The operation is performed under a local anesthe- It should be emphasized that cataract surgery is sia, with monitoring of the patients heart rate and blood very safe in the majority of cases. Future developments will be performed with a block anesthesia injection around make the operation even safer and more rewarding for the eye or performed just with topical eyedrop anes- both the patient and the surgeon. Eyedrops are taken before and after the The American Academy of Ophthalmology: www. It may be impossible to predict who may develop an important worldwide health problem. A rare complication may be dislocation of the Death rates in the developing countries from this intraocular lens implant and it may need to be reposi- disease are similar to death rates from breast cancer and tioned. Infection is a very serious complication, use of screening tests such as the Pap smear has both which can significantly reduce vision after surgery. To reduced the number of women getting the disease and help prevent this, eyelashes are draped and the face improved the chances of surviving the disease. Hemorrhage or entry, we will review the risk factors for cervical cancer bleeding is a complication that can range from mild to and its precursor, cervical dysplasia, the screening very serious. The worst bleed is called an expulsive methods available, and the basics about the symptoms hemorrhage and can leave the eye without vision. If a patient is very nearsighted or myopic, there is a greater Many women are not aware of the fact that cervi- risk of developing a retinal detachment. This test has been shown to be able to identify as: early age at first intercourse, multiple sexual part- women who do not need to proceed with colposcopy ners, or having a partner with multiple sexual partners. Problems in the cer- Cervical dysplasia causes no symptoms in most vical cells leading to cervical cancer can take years to women. In women with undetected or untreated cervi- occur, or in many women will never occur at all. Symptoms of more virus can enter the cells of the zone of the cervix called advanced disease include pelvic or back pain or the transition zone. Although the Pap test is designed to look for dysplasia, it can also be read as All cancers are assigned a stage which is a repre- abnormal due to other changes such as inflammation sentation of how advanced it is when it is diagnosed. The stage helps to determine both the treatment options For that reason, when a Pap smear is abnormal, an and the prognosis. In cervical cancer, Stage I disease examination of the cervix with a microscope called a refers to cancer that has not progressed beyond the colposcope and actual biopsies of the cervix are done.

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These methods can be applied to genome-wide epigenomic studies and they offer a potentially revolutionary change in nucleic acid analysis discount 100 mg celecoxib with visa. The ability to sequence complete genomes will undoubtedly change the types of question that can be asked in many disciplines of biology cheap celecoxib 100 mg with mastercard. For example discount celecoxib 100mg without a prescription, although arrays can be tiled at a high density, they require large numbers of probes and are expensive [115]. The hybridization process also imposes a fundamental limitation in the resolution of the arrays. Cross-hybridization between imperfectly matched sequences can occur frequently and contribute to the noise. In addition, the intensity signal measured on an array might not be linear over its entire range, and its dynamic range is limited below and above saturation points. This is an important constraint in microarray analysis of repetitive regions of the genome, which are Epigenetics in Human Disease often masked out on the arrays. Sequence variations within repeat elements can be identied and used to align the reads in the genome; unique sequences that ank repeats are similarly helpful [117]. Several groups have successfully developed and applied their own protocols for library construction, which has substantially lowered that part of the cost. The gain in the fraction of reads that can be uniquely aligned to the genome declines rapidly after 25e35 bp and is marginal beyond 70e100 nucleotides [118]. The data from these analyses are providing fresh insights into complex transcriptional regulatory networks. This study, and others that followed, exemplied the newfound feasibility and utility of obtaining collections of comprehensive genomic datasets. Twenty histone methylation sites in human T-cells were mapped [124], while ve histone methylation patterns in pluripotent and lineage-committed mouse cells were described [125]. Such genome-wide analyses have revealed associations between specic modied histones and gene activity as well as the spatial and combinatorial relationship between different types of histone modications. Moreover, dynamic changes in histone modication patterns during cellular differentiation and allele-specic histone modications were revealed [125]. Recent studies of the epigenome have shown that many promoters and enhancers have distinctive chromatin signatures. These characteristic motifs can be used as to search and map the regulatory elements of the genome. In a somewhat similar manner, Ernst and Kellis [130] sought to identify biologically meaningful combin- ations of epigenetic combinations in the genome of human T-cells. Each chromatin state showed specic enrichments for particular sequence motifs, suggesting distinct biological roles. This approach, therefore, provides a means of annotating the human genome with respect to function and describes the locations of regions with diverse classes of epigenetic function across the genome [130]. There is considerable uncertainty regarding the inuence of variations in chromatin structure and transcription factor binding on gene expression, and whether such variations underlie or 21 contribute to phenotypic differences. The analysis was carried out on lymphoblastoid cells from individuals with diverse geographical ancestries. They reported that 10% of active chromatin sites were specic to individuals, and a similar proportion was allele-specic. Both individual-specic and allele-specic sites could be transmitted from parent to child, suggesting that these epigenetic marks are heritable features of the human genome. The study highlights the potential importance of heritable epigenetic variation for phenotypic variation in humans [131]. By comparing chromatin proles across a range of cell types they were able to dene cell-type-specic patterns of promoters and enhancers affecting chromatin status, gene expression, regulatory motif enrichment and regulator expression. Using the proles, they linked enhancers to putative target genes and predicted the cell-type-specic activators and repressors with which they interacted [132]. Computational methods for analyzing data from epigenomic studies are being continually developed and becoming ever more sophisticated; they have been used to identify functional genomic elements and to determine gene structures and cis-regulatory elements. They demonstrated the potential utility of the algorithm in data from HeLa cells by identifying ve clusters of chro- matin signatures associated with transcriptional promoters and enhancers. Thus, through use of ChromaSig, chromatin signatures associated with specic biological functions were identied. The stimulus for this has been the rapid increase in our understanding and appreciation of the importance of epigenetic changes on phenotypes and in the etiology of diseases. The rst whole-genome, high-resolution maps of epigenetic modica- tions have been produced, but there is clearly much more to do. Detailed maps of the human methylome, histone modications and nucleosome positions in healthy and diseased tissues are still needed. This review section has attempted to provide an overview of the currently available techniques and to discuss some of the advantages and limitations of each technology. With the rapid growth in interest in understanding the epigenetic regulation of disease development, a variety of new and improved methodologies are certain to emerge in the coming years. These technologies will undoubtedly change the scope of epigenetic studies and will provide valuable new insights into the developmental basis of diseases and into repro- ductive toxicology. There is a clear need for further epigenomic analysis on chromo- somal band structures, in particular, to obtain a greater understanding of these epimutation- sensitive regions at the genome sequence level. Finally, we suggest that epigenomic analysis focused on chromosomal band structures, the boundaries of which were identied as epimutation-sensitive genomic regions at the genome sequence level, will provide consider- able insights into normal and disease conditions. Sensitive and quantitative universal Pyrosequencing meth- ylation analysis of CpG sites. Modulation by exogenous histones of phosphorylation of non- histone nuclear proteins in isolated rat liver nuclei. Conservation of deposition-related acetylation sites in newly synthesized histones H3 and H4. High-throughput mass spec- trometric discovery of protein post-translational modications. Chromosome-wide assessment of replication timing for human chromosomes 11q and 21q: disease-related genes in timing-switch regions. Amplicons on human chromosome 11q are located in the early/late- switch regions of replication timing. Transcription initiation activity sets replication origin efciency in mammalian cells. Replication timing and epigenetic reprogramming of gene expression: a two-way relationship? Epigenetic abnormalities asso- ciated with a chromosome 18(q21eq22) inversion and a Gilles de la Tourette syndrome phenotype. Altered mode of allelic replication accompanied by aneuploidy in peripheral blood lymphocytes of prostate cancer patients. Aberrant allele-specic replication, independent of parental origin, in blood cells of cancer patients. Mapping of replication origins and termination sites in the Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene. Global reorganization of replication 26 domains during embryonic stem cell differentiation. Common fragile sites are conserved features of human and mouse chromosomes and relate to large active genes. Common fragile sites nested at the interfaces of early and late- replicating chromosome bands: cis acting components of the G2/M checkpoint? Dormant origins licensed by excess Mcm2-7 are required for human cells to survive replicative stress. Combinatorial patterns of histone acetylations and methylations in the human genome. Genome-wide relationship between histone H3 lysine 4 mono- and tri-methylation and transcription factor binding. Prediction of regulatory elements in mammalian genomes using chromatin signatures. Discovery and characterization of chromatin states for systematic annotation of the human genome. ChromaSig: a probabilistic approach to nding common chromatin signatures in the human genome. Evidence that a single replication fork proceeds from early to late replicating domains in the Igh locus in a non-B cell line. CpG sites are concentrated either in repetitive sequences or CpG islands in promoter regions.

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