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- McKay J, Adriaens M, Evelo C, Ford D, Mathers J. Gene promoter DNA methylation patterns have a limited role in orchestrating transcriptional changes in the fetal liver in response to maternal folate depletion during pregnancy. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2016;60:2031-42 pubmed publisher..In response to maternal folate depletion, altered expression at the mRNA level was not associated with altered promoter methylation of the same gene in fetal liver. ..