Identification of cis-regulatory modules in promoters of human genes exploiting mutual positioning of transcription factors
2013 (English)In: Nucleic Acids Research, ISSN 0305-1048, E-ISSN 1362-4962, Vol. 41, no 19, 8822-8841 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In higher organisms, gene regulation is controlled by the interplay of non-random combinations of multiple transcription factors (TFs). Although numerous attempts have been made to identify these combinations, important details, such as mutual positioning of the factors that have an important role in the TF interplay, are still missing. The goal of the present work is in silico mapping of some of such associating factors based on their mutual positioning, using computational screening. We have selected the process of myogenesis as a study case, and we focused on TF combinations involving master myogenic TF Myogenic differentiation (MyoD) with other factors situated at specific distances from it. The results of our work show that some muscle-specific factors occur together with MyoD within the range of +/- 100 bp in a large number of promoters. We confirm co-occurrence of the MyoD with muscle-specific factors as described in earlier studies. However, we have also found novel relationships of MyoD with other factors not specific for muscle. Additionally, we have observed that MyoD tends to associate with different factors in proximal and distal promoter areas. The major outcome of our study is establishing the genome-wide connection between biological interactions of TFs and close co-occurrence of their binding sites.
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Oxford University Press, 2013. Vol. 41, no 19, 8822-8841 p.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83642DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkt578ISI: 000326044700011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-83642DiVA: diva2:676141