Special Issue "Epigenetic Regulation of Stem Cell Fate Choice"

A special issue of Epigenomes (ISSN 2075-4655).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2023) | Viewed by 307

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
1. Key Laboratory of Organ Regeneration and Transplantation of Ministry of Education, Cancer Center, First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin 130061, China
2. Medical School, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
Interests: epigenetics; noncoding RNAs; stem cells; cancers; chromosome 3D structure; DNA and histone modifications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Stem cell fate is regulated precisely and dynamically by a network of epigenetic signals. The epigenetic profile directly determines the developmental potential of stem cells, including pluripotency establishment, self-renewal, lineage-specific differentiation, as well as apoptosis and stem cell aging. On one hand, somatic cells can be reprogrammed into pluripotent status using a cocktail of transcriptional factors (e.g., Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, c-Myc) or a set of small molecules. On the other hand, to initiate the exit from pluripotency toward differentiation, cells need to disable pluripotency-specific epigenetic networks and activate lineage-specific pathways. In response to differentiation signals, stem cells dismantle the pluripotency network and shut down the expression of the stem cell core transcription factors. Additionally, embryonic stem cells (ESCs) can exist in naïve or primed states with distinct transcriptional regulatory networks, epigenotypes, and signaling requirements. Primed cells can be reverted to the pluripotent status by Klf4, c-Myc, or Nanog in the presence of LIF. Conversely, naive ES cells can be induced into the primed state by activating the FGF2/Activin pathway. Furthermore, ESCs can become homogeneous “ground-state” pluripotent stem cells under the influence of two small-molecule MEK/ERK and GSK inhibitors plus LIF (2i/LIF). Finally, the decline in stem cell function, often referred to as stem cell exhaustion, is a critical hallmark of ageing. However, specific epigenetic mechanisms involved in the inter-conversion of these states remain to be characterized.

This Special Issue will focus on the epigenetic mechanisms that determine stem cell fate, including in vitro and in vivo reprogramming, naïve-primed stage conversion, self-renewal, lineage differentiation, and stem cell aging. We welcome manuscripts (reviews, research, and technology tool articles) with a focus on the following areas:

  • The regulatory role of epigenotypes (e.g., DNA and histone modifications) in stem cell fate transition and aging;
  • Noncoding RNAs as critical epigenetic regulators;
  • RNA modifications (m6A writers, erasers, and readers);
  • Regulation of 3D chromatin structure;
  • Controlling stem cell fate by small molecules;
  • Epigenetics at the single cell level.

Dr. Jifan Hu
Guest Editor

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  • stem cell fate
  • epigenetics
  • stem cell aging

Published Papers

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