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A Six Months Exercise Intervention Influences the Genome-wide DNA Methylation Pattern in Human Adipose Tissue

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Location of analyzed CpG sites and global DNA methylation in human adipose tissue.

All CpG sites analyzed on the Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip are mapped to gene regions based on functional genome distribution (A) and to CpG island regions based on CpG content and neighbourhood context (B). In the lower panels, global DNA methylation in human adipose tissue is shown for each gene region (C) and for CpG island regions (D). Global DNA methylation is calculated as average DNA methylation based on all CpG sites in each region on the chip, and presented separately for Infinium I and Infinium II assays, respectively. Data is presented as mean ± SD. TSS, proximal promoter, defined as 200 bp (basepairs) or 1500 bp upstream of the transcription start site; UTR, untranslated region; CpG island, 200 bp (or more) stretch of DNA with a C+G content of 50% and an observed CpG/expected CpG in excess of 0.6; Shelf, regions flanking island shores, i.e., covering 2000–4000 bp distant from the CpG island; Shore: the flanking region of CpG islands, 0–2000 bp. *Significant difference between average DNA methylation before versus after exercise, q<0.05.

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