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The 3D Genome Browser: a web-based browser for visualizing 3D genome organization and long-range chromatin interactions

By Yanli Wang, Bo Zhang, Lijun Zhang, Lin An, Jie Xu, Daofeng Li, Mayank NK Choudhary, Yun Li, Ming Hu, Ross Hardison, Ting Wang, Feng Yue

Posted 27 Feb 2017
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/112268 (published DOI: 10.1186/s13059-018-1519-9)

Recent advent of 3C-based technologies such as Hi-C and ChIA-PET provides us an opportunity to explore chromatin interactions and 3D genome organization in an unprecedented scale and resolution. However, it remains a challenge to visualize chromatin interaction data due to its size and complexity. Here, we introduce the 3D Genome Browser (http://3dgenome.org), which allows users to conveniently explore both publicly available and their own chromatin interaction data. Users can also seamlessly integrate other “omics” data sets, such as ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq for the same genomic region, to gain a complete view of both regulatory landscape and 3D genome structure for any given gene. Finally, our browser provides multiple methods to link distal cis-regulatory elements with their potential target genes, including virtual 4C, ChIA-PET, Capture Hi-C and cross-cell-type correlation of proximal and distal DNA hypersensitive sites, and therefore represents a valuable resource for the study of gene regulation in mammalian genomes.

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