Genome-wide interplay of nuclear receptors with the epigenome

Joost H.A. Martens, Nagesha A.S. Rao, Henk G. Stunnenberg

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The nuclear receptor superfamily consists of DNA binding transcription factors that are involved in regulating a wide variety of processes such as metabolism, development, reproduction, and immune responses. Upon binding, nuclear receptors modulate transcription through affecting the local chromatin environment via recruitment of various coregulatory proteins. The recent development of new high-throughput sequencing methods allowed for the first time the comprehensive examination of nuclear receptor action in the context of the epigenome. Here, we discuss how recent genome-wide analyses have provided important new insights on the interplay of nuclear receptors and the epigenome in health and disease. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Translating nuclear receptors from health to disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-823
Number of pages6
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Chromatin
  • Epigenome
  • Histone
  • Nuclear receptor


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