Supplementary Material for: Change of Epigenetic Control of Cystathionine Beta-Synthase Gene Expression through Dietary Vitamin B<sub>12</sub> Is Not Recovered by Methionine Supplementation
2008-10-24T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
<i>Background/Aims:</i> Vitamin B<sub>12</sub> (B-12) is an essential cofactor for methionine synthase, and methionine is critical for the methylation of various biological molecules including DNA. Whether changes in B-12 levels can alter specific gene expression through DNA methylation and whether dietary methionine has any effect on general DNA methylation status still remains controversial. <i>Methods:</i> We raised severely B-12-deficient rats as well severely-B-12 deficient rats but supplemented with 5% methionine. mRNA levels of methionine cycle-related enzymes were analyzed. <i>Results:</i> Gene expression patterns changed under B-12-deficient conditions but were recovered by dietary methionine supplementation to B-12-deficient rats. However, cystathionine β-synthase mRNA levels, which had decreased under B-12-deficient conditions, did not recover with supplementary dietary methionine. The CpG island of the cystathionine β-synthase promoter was hypomethylated in B-12-deficient rats, and showed no recovery after methionine addition. <i>Conclusions:</i> Dietary B-12 can affect epigenetic machinery by regulating DNA methylation status and dietary methionine may have small effects on DNA methylation.