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Principal Investigator: Aylor, David Lawrence
Institute Receiving Award North Carolina State University Raleigh
Location Raleigh, NC
Grant Number U01ES026717
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 01 Jun 2016 to 30 Apr 2021
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant):  : Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with mammalian hormones, and can cause myriad adverse health effects, including developmental effects, neurological effects, reproductive effects, and cancer. One way that EDCs cause disease is by causing epigenomic modifications that change how genes are regulated in specific cells and tissues. It is often not feasible to sample brain tissue in humans, but other tissues lik blood and skin can be readily sampled. This raises the question of whether epigenomic profiles associated with EDC exposure in blood and skin are good surrogates for exposure in brain. The proposed research will test this directly using mice and mouse cells exposed to 2, 3, 7, 8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD, or dioxin). TCDD is an EDC that affects multiple tissue systems and has adverse neurodevelopmental effects. Mice will be exposed to TCDD during adolescence, a critical time for brain development. The project's objective is to understand how TCDD exposure alters epigenomic profiles in three specific brain regions (cortex, hypothalamus, and hippocampus), peripheral blood leukocytes, and skin. Comparing these samples will reveal robust epigenomic signatures of TCDD exposure. Importantly, the study will use the genetically diverse mouse Collaborative Cross reference population to better reflect human populations. Some individuals may be more susceptible to TCDD exposure than others, and this experimental design will capture that variation. In parallel, mouse primary cells will be exposed to TCDD in vitro to determine if cell-based systems can accurately reflect the epigenomic modifications seen in tissues. If so, cell-based systems will have many applications for research and for screening potentially hazardous chemicals. The results will be integrated with available public data sources to better understand how mouse epigenomic profiles can be used to predict TCDD effects in humans, and in other affected tissues in mouse and humans.
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 10 - Epigenetics
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Program Officer Frederick Tyson
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