The first international workshop on the epigenetics of osteoarthritis

Connect Tissue Res. 2017 Jan;58(1):37-48. doi: 10.3109/03008207.2016.1168409. Epub 2016 Mar 30.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major clinical problem across the world, in part due to the lack of disease-modifying drugs resulting, to a significant degree, from our incomplete understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms of the disease. Emerging evidence points to a role of epigenetics in the pathogenesis of OA, but research in this area is still in its early stages. In order to summarize current knowledge and to facilitate the potential coordination of future research activities, the first international workshop on the epigenetics of OA was held in Amsterdam in October 2015. Recent findings on DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation, histone modifications, noncoding RNAs, and other epigenetic mechanisms were presented and discussed. The workshop demonstrated the advantage of bringing together those working in this nascent field and highlights from the event are summarized in this report in the form of summaries from invited speakers and organizers.

Keywords: DNA methylation; epigenetics; histones; osteoarthritis; regulatory RNAs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Denmark
  • Epigenomics*
  • Humans
  • Osteoarthritis*