Mol. Cells 2018; 41(6): 506~514
Targeting Super-Enhancers for Disease Treatment and Diagnosis
Ha Youn Shin*
Department of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Konkuk University, Seoul 05029, Korea
Received November 19, 2017; Revised April 6, 2018; Accepted April 12, 2018.; Published online May 10, 2018.
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The transcriptional regulation of genes determines the fate of animal cell differentiation and subsequent organ development. With the recent progress in genome-wide technologies, the genomic landscapes of enhancers have been broadly explored in mammalian genomes, which led to the discovery of novel specific subsets of enhancers, termed superenhancers. Super-enhancers are large clusters of enhancers covering the long region of regulatory DNA and are densely occupied by transcription factors, active histone marks, and co-activators. Accumulating evidence points to the critical role that super-enhancers play in cell type-specific development and differentiation, as well as in the development of various diseases. Here, I provide a comprehensive description of the optimal approach for identifying functional units of superenhancers and their unique chromatin features in normal development and in diseases, including cancers. I also review the recent updated knowledge on novel approaches of targeting super-enhancers for the treatment of specific diseases, such as small-molecule inhibitors and potential gene therapy. This review will provide perspectives on using superenhancers as biomarkers to develop novel disease diagnostic tools and establish new directions in clinical therapeutic strategies.
Keywords: cell identity, clinical therapeutics, diseases, disease
diagnosis, super-enhancer

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