Aim: Early life exposure to lead (Pb) has been shown to increase late life biomarkers involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. Here, we tested the hypothesis that latent over expression of AD-related genes may be regulated through histone activation pathways. Methods: Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing was used to map the histone activation mark (H3K9Ac) to the mouse genome in developmentally Pb exposed mice on postnatal days 20, 270 and 700. Results: Exposure to Pb resulted in a global downregulation of H3K9Ac across the lifespan; except in genes associated with the Alzheimer pathway. Discussion: Early life exposure to Pb results in an epigenetic drift in H3K9Ac consistent with latent global gene repression. Alzheimer-related genes do not follow this trend.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research
- Alzheimer's disease
- histone acetylation
- lead (Pb)