Special Issue "Mechanisms of Plant Epigenome Dynamics"

A special issue of Epigenomes (ISSN 2075-4655).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Clara Bourbousse
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Guest Editor
Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Nnormale Supérieure (IBENS), Paris, France
Dr. Sandra Fonseca
Guest Editor
CSIC - Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia (CNB), Madrid, Spain

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Open Access journal Epigenomes is now accepting submissions for a Special Issue on “Mechanisms of Plant Epigenome Dynamics”.

Plants constantly adapt to their local environment thanks to their remarkable phenotypic plasticity. Over recent years, it has become apparent that the signaling pathways driving these morphological and physiological changes, in adaptation to biotic or abiotic stimuli, often converge to chromatin-based mechanisms. Gene expression and silencing, but also DNA repair and replication, are impacted by the structure of the chromatin fiber, nucleosome positioning and composition, histone modifications, DNA methylation, non-coding RNAs, and, at a wider scale, localization in the nuclear space.

Big advances have been made in characterizing the regulators involved in chromatin modifications and mechanistic links with different plant signaling components have begun to emerge. Such mechanisms notably include the control of certain chromatin modifiers’ stability and of the genomic regions where they are recruited, and the control of specific histone variants’ expression. Understanding the molecular mechanisms governing chromatin dynamics and their functional outcome at the cellular and organismal levels will be key to improve plant resilience to environmental conditions while ensuring good developmental performances.

This Special Issue will be focused on the mechanisms of plant epigenome dynamics. We will consider reviews, research, or method manuscripts of exceptional interest on the following topics:

  • chromatin modifiers and remodelers;
  • histone variants;
  • histone modifications and DNA methylation;
  • non-coding RNAs;
  • chromatin compartmentalization and 3D organization.

The described mechanistic aspects of chromatin variations can relate, but are not restricted, to:

  • epigenetic silencing;
  • DNA replication and repair;
  • transcriptional regulations;
  • epigenetic memory and chromatin priming;
  • vegetative and reproductive plant development;
  • cell fate, phenotypic plasticity, and phase transitions;
  • environmental adaptations;
  • epigenetics for better crops.

Dr. Clara Bourbousse
Dr. Sandra Fonseca
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Epigenomes is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • plant epigenomics
  • chromatin modifiers and remodelers
  • DNA methylation
  • histone modifications
  • histone variants
  • 3D genome.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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