Vitamins A and C help erase cell memory - Knowridge Science Report
|Vitamins A and C help erase cell memory - Knowridge Science Report||Darrell Miller||12/09/16|
December 09, 2016 07:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Vitamins A and C help erase cell memory - Knowridge Science Report
Vitamins A and C aren't just good for your health, they affect your DNA too. Researchers at the Babraham Institute and their international collaborators have discovered how vitamins A and C act to modify the epigenetic 'memory' held by cells; insight which is significant for regenerative medicine and our ability to reprogramme cells from one identity to another.
- For regenerative medicine, the holy grail is to be able to generate a cell that can be directed to become any other cell, such as brain cells, heart cells and lung cells.
- Cells with this ability are present in the early embryo (embryonic stem cells, ESC) and give rise to the many different cell types in the body.
- Every different cell type has a unique epigenetic fingerprint, enforcing and maintaining specific patterns of gene expression appropriate to the cell type.
"Vitamins A and C aren’t just good for your health, they affect your DNA too."