Histone methylations in heart development, congenital and adult heart diseases

Qing Jun Zhang, Zhi Ping Liu

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Heart development comprises myocyte specification, differentiation and cardiac morphogenesis. These processes are regulated by a group of core cardiac transcription factors in a coordinated temporal and spatial manner. Histone methylation is an emerging epigenetic mechanism for regulating gene transcription. Interplay among cardiac transcription factors and histone lysine modifiers plays important role in heart development. Aberrant expression and mutation of the histone lysine modifiers during development and in adult life can cause either embryonic lethality or congenital heart diseases, and influences the response of adult hearts to pathological stresses. In this review, we describe current body of literature on the role of several common histone methylations and their modifying enzymes in heart development, congenital and adult heart diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-330
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • cardiac hypertrophy
  • congenital heart disease
  • demethylase
  • epigenetics
  • heart development
  • histone
  • methyltransferase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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