Epigenetics, infertility, and cancer: future directions
Recent work has revealed a link between fertility and cancer. The study of epigenetics in both male fertility and cancer has the potential to offer intriguing insights in both fields.
Volume 109, Issue 1, Pages 27–32
Emma James, B.S., Timothy G. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Although direct correlates between cancer and infertile epigenetic profiles are rare, the general similarities between the two disease processes offer insights into the study of both abnormalities. Foremost among them is the nature of these pathologies, where one disease (cancer) is categorized by an inability to control or inhibit cellular proliferation, and the other (male infertility) is caused by an inability to maintain the normally efficient extreme proliferation of the male germ cell. Based on this similarity alone, the study of epigenetics in both male fertility and cancer has the potential to offer intriguing insights in both fields. The creative application of harmonious studies of both infertility and cancer is likely to yield useful and informative data that may aid in both the understanding and treatment of both pathologies.