Epigenetics of human parathyroid tumors

Chiara Verdelli, Sabrina Corbetta

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Parathyroid tumors are common endocrine neoplasia associated with primary hyperparathyroidism, a metabolic disorder sustained by parathormone hypersecretion. The epigenetic scenario in parathyroid tumors is beginning to be decoded. Here, main findings are reviewed: hypermethylation of specific DNA CpG islands has been described, despite global DNA promoter hypomethylation was not detectable; embryonic-related miRNAs, belonging to the C19MC and miR-371-373 clusters, and miR-296, are deregulated; expression of histone H1.2 and H2B is increased; expression of histone methyltransferase EZH2, BMI1 and RIZ1 is impaired; the tumor suppressor HIC1, MEN1 and CDC73 gene products, key molecules in parathyroid tumorigenesis, may be involved in epigenetic aberrant changes. Epigenetic changes are more frequent and more consistent in parathyroid malignancies, and positively correlated with severity of primary hyperparathyroidism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Endocrine Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017


  • DNA methylation
  • histone
  • histone methyltransferases
  • miRNAs
  • parathyroid tumors
  • primary hyperparathyroidism


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