Skaar, David A.
Price, Thomas M.
Murphy, Susan K.
Jirtle, Randy L.
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AbstractDifferentially methylated regions (DMRs) are stable epigenetic features within or in proximity to imprinted genes. We used this feature to identify candidate human imprinted loci by quantitative DNA methylation analysis. We discovered a unique DMR at the 50-end of FAM50B at 6p25.2. We determined that sense transcripts originating from the FAM50B locus are expressed from the paternal allele in all human tissues investigated except for ovary, in which expression is biallelic. Furthermore, an antisense transcript, FAM50B-AS, was identified to be monoallelically expressed from the paternal allele in a variety of tissues. Comparative phylogenetic analysis showed that FAM50B orthologs are absent in chicken and platypus, but are present and biallelically expressed in opossum and mouse.
CitationZhang, A., Skaar, D.A., Li,Y, et al. (2011) 'Novel retrotransposed imprinted locus identified at human 6p25', Nucleic Acids Research, 39(13), pp.5388-5400
PublisherOxford University Press
JournalNucleic Acids Research