Genetics Research International

The Epigenetics of Emerging and Nonmodel Organisms


Publishing date
15 Jan 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Jul 2011

Lead Editor

1Department of Biology, Mt. Allison University, Sackville, NB, Canada E4L 1G7

2School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA

3Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 8888 Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

4Evolutionary Genetics Group, University of Groningen, Building for Life Sciences, P.O. Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, The Netherlands


The Epigenetics of Emerging and Nonmodel Organisms

Description

The field of epigenetics provides a new dimension in our understanding of the role of genetic information in development and evolution. The study of epigenetics includes all heritable changes in phenotype or gene expression that cannot be explained by modifications in the DNA sequence. The epigenetic pattern that instructs cell fate is essential for the normal development of all metazoans. Accordingly, the epigenetic status of genes and cells is necessarily flexible across ontogeny, among different life histories, and in response to environmental changes and stress. Our understanding of core epigenetic mechanisms, such as DNA methylation, histone modifications, noncoding RNA, and higher-order chromatin structures, has benefited from intensive work with model organisms. Recent technical advances allow for the description of epigenetic changes at both the gene and genome level in nonmodel organisms, leading to a greater understanding of the evolutionary conservation of epigenetic mechanisms, and conversely, of the variety of biological roles to which it has been adapted. This special issue seeks to explore epigenetics in emerging and nonmodel organisms.

We invite investigators to submit original research and review articles that will stimulate and focus research into the epigenetics of nonmodel organisms, in particular articles assessing the occurrence of these mechanisms, their evolutionary conservation, the correlation between epigenetics and diverse life history and reproductive strategies, the correlation between epigenetics and environmental changes, the role of epigenetics in evolution, and discussions of important future directions in this field. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Descriptions of epigenetic mechanisms in emerging and nonmodel organisms
  • Descriptions of unique patterns of epigenetic inheritance
  • The role of epigenetics in the life histories of emerging and nonmodel organisms
  • Epigenetics and environmental stress in emerging and nonmodel organisms
  • The evolutionary conservation of epigenetic mechanisms relative to epigenetic mechanisms described in model organisms
  • Descriptions of techniques for the analysis of epigenetic mechanisms in specific nonmodel organisms
  • Comparative studies of epigenetic mechanisms or epigenetic gene regulation in model, emerging, or nonmodel organisms
  • Discussion of the role of epigenetics in evolution

Articles published in this special issue will not be subject to the journal's Article Processing Charges.

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/gri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 491204
  • - Editorial

The Epigenetics of Emerging and Nonmodel Organisms

Vett K. Lloyd | Jennifer A. Brisson | ... | Eveline C. Verhulst
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 867390
  • - Review Article

Mealybug Chromosome Cycle as a Paradigm of Epigenetics

Giorgio Prantera | Silvia Bongiorni
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 174860
  • - Research Article

The Epigenetic Repertoire of Daphnia magna Includes Modified Histones

Nicole F. Robichaud | Jeanette Sassine | ... | Vett K. Lloyd
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 609810
  • - Review Article

Epigenetics in Social Insects: A New Direction for Understanding the Evolution of Castes

Susan A. Weiner | Amy L. Toth
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 689819
  • - Review Article

Transgenic Epigenetics: Using Transgenic Organisms to Examine Epigenetic Phenomena

Lori A. McEachern
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 431531
  • - Review Article

Aphids: A Model for Polyphenism and Epigenetics

Dayalan G. Srinivasan | Jennifer A. Brisson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 179159
  • - Review Article

Peromyscus as a Mammalian Epigenetic Model

Kimberly R. Shorter | Janet P. Crossland | ... | Paul B. Vrana
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 576303
  • - Review Article

Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying Developmental Plasticity in Horned Beetles

Sophie Valena | Armin P. Moczek
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 392903
  • - Research Article

Ontogenetic Survey of Histone Modifications in an Annelid

Glenys Gibson | Corban Hart | ... | Vett Lloyd
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 585024
  • - Review Article

Epigenetic Mechanisms of Genomic Imprinting: Common Themes in the Regulation of Imprinted Regions in Mammals, Plants, and Insects

William A. MacDonald

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