EpiRegNet: Constructing epigenetic regulatory network from high throughput gene expression data for humans

Lily Yan Wang, Panwen Wang, Mulin Jun Li, Jing Qin, Xiaowo Wang, Michael Q. Zhang, Junwen Wang

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The advances of high throughput profiling methods, such as microarray gene profiling and RNA-seq, have enabled researchers to identify thousands of differentially expressed genes under a certain perturbation. Much work has been done to understand the genetic factors that contribute to the expression changes by searching the overrepresented regulatory motifs in the promoter regions of these genes. However, the changes could also be caused by epigenetic regulation, especially histone modifications, and no web server has been constructed to study the epigenetic factors responsible for gene expression changes. Here, we present a web tool for this purpose. Provided with different categories of genes (e.g., upregulated, downregulated or unchanged genes), the server will find epigenetic factors responsible for the difference among the categories and construct an epigenetic regulatory network. Furthermore, it will perform colocalization analyses between these epigenetic factors and transcription factors, which were collected from large scale experimental ChIP-seq or computational predicted data. In addition, for users who want to analyze dynamic change of a histone modification mark under different cell conditions, the server will find direct and indirect target genes of this mark by integrative analysis of experimental data and computational prediction, and present a regulatory network around this mark. Both networks can be visualized by a user friendly interface and the data are downloadable in batch. The server currently supports 12 cell types in human, including ESC and CD4+ T cells, and will expand as more public data are available. It also allows user to create a self-defined cell type, upload and analyze multiple ChIP-seq data. It is freely available to academic users at http://jjwanglab.org/EpiRegNet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1505-1512
Number of pages8
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2011


  • Epigenetics
  • Gene regulation
  • Histone modification
  • Microarray
  • Network
  • RNA-seq

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research


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