Special Issue "Genetics and Epigenetics of Allergy Diseases"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Epigenomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Catalina Sanz
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Guest Editor
Department of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: genetics; epigenetics; allergy; gene regulation; pharmacogenomics
Prof. Dr. Asunción García-Sánchez
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Guest Editor
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Diagnostics, University of Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: molecular mechanisms of allergic diseases; molecular; human biology; medical genetics; regulation of gene expression; epigenetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Allergic diseases are a clear example of complex multifactorial diseases mediated by the interaction of different genetic and epigenetic factors. Whole genome sequencing studies and polygenic risk score analyses in well-characterized homogeneous populations have provided a wealth of information on many susceptibility genes. However, many gene associations have not been able to be replicated, and functional studies on the mechanisms that mediate these diseases are still scarce. In this sense, epigenetic factors provide additional information that could explain not only the discrepancies observed between monozygotic twins but also phenomena such as incomplete penetrance, variable expression, gender and progenitor effects, and the progressive increase in the prevalence of allergic diseases observed during the last few decades. Different studies have shown a connection between disease susceptibility and environmental exposure during intrauterine life or early childhood, potentially mediated by epigenetic modifications. In response to an environmental challenge, epigenetic modifications allow an adaptive change that modifies gene expression and leads to the triggering of allergic diseases. In this Special Issue, different genetic and epigenetic factors involved in the development of allergic diseases will be considered.

Prof. Dr. Catalina Sanz
Dr. Asunción García-Sánchez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • genetics of allergy
  • gene functional studies in allergy
  • epigenetic modifications in allergy
  • pharmacogenetics in allergy
  • gene therapies in allergy
  • interactions between genes and environment in allergies

Published Papers

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