Experience-dependent DNA methylation regulates plasticity in the developing visual cortex

Paola Tognini, Debora Napoli, Jonida Tola, Davide Silingardi, Floriana Della Ragione, Maurizio D'esposito, Tommaso Pizzorusso

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DNA methylation is an epigenetic repressor mark for transcription dynamically regulated in neurons. We analyzed visual experience regulation of DNA methylation in mice and its involvement in ocular dominance plasticity of the developing visual cortex. Monocular deprivation modulated the expression of factors controlling DNA methylation and exerted opposite effects on DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in specific plasticity genes. Inhibition of DNA methyltrasferase (DNMT) blocked molecular and functional effects of monocular deprivation, partially reversing the monocular deprivation transcriptional program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-958
Number of pages3
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 25 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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