Identifying positioned nucleosomes with epigenetic marks in human from ChIP-Seq

Yong Zhang, Hyunjin Shin, Jun S. Song, Ying Lei, X. Shirley Shirley

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Background: In vivo positioning and covalent modifications of nucleosomes play an important role in epigenetic regulation, but genome-wide studies of positioned nucleosomes and their modifications in human still remain limited. Results: This paper describes a novel computational framework to efficiently identify positioned nucleosomes and their histone modification profiles from nucleosome-resolution histone modification ChIP-Seq data. We applied the algorithm to histone methylation ChIP-Seq data in human CD4+T cells and identified over 438,000 positioned nucleosomes, which appear predominantly at functionally important regions such as genes, promoters, DNase I hypersensitive regions, and transcription factor binding sites. Our analysis shows the identified nucleosomes play a key role in epigenetic gene regulation within those functionally important regions via their positioning and histone modifications. Conclusion: Our method provides an effective framework for studying nucleosome positioning and epigenetic marks in mammalian genomes. The algorithm is open source and available at NPS/.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number537
JournalBMC genomics
StatePublished - Nov 13 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics


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