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CpG Islands

"CpG Islands" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Areas of increased density of the dinucleotide sequence cytosine--phosphate diester--guanine. They form stretches of DNA several hundred to several thousand base pairs long. In humans there are about 45,000 CpG islands, mostly found at the 5' ends of genes. They are unmethylated except for those on the inactive X chromosome and some associated with imprinted genes.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "CpG Islands" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "CpG Islands" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 543 publications over 24 distinct years, with a maximum of 51 publications in 2013 and 2014
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