Epigenetic phenomena and epigenomics in maize

Jay B. Hollick, Nathan Springer

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Maize research has provided much of the initial documentation and characterization of epigenetic phenomena such as transposable element inactivation, paramutation and imprinting. Current efforts are beginning to yield an understanding of the molecular mechanisms responsible for these epigenetic behaviors. Complementary research in many organisms has now provided strong evidence for the role of repetitive DNA features in facilitating epigenetic control of genome functions. The repetitive and complex structure of the maize genome together with the high level of structural diversity between maize haplotypes suggests that maize research has a significant role to play in understanding the dynamic relationships between genome structure and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEpigenomics
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781402091872
ISBN (Print)9781402091865
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Epigenomics
  • Imprinting
  • Maize
  • Paramutation
  • Transposons


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