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BMC Genomics. 2012 Nov 29;13:681. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-13-681.

iASeq: integrative analysis of allele-specificity of protein-DNA interactions in multiple ChIP-seq datasets.

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  • 1Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

ChIP-seq provides new opportunities to study allele-specific protein-DNA binding (ASB). However, detecting allelic imbalance from a single ChIP-seq dataset often has low statistical power since only sequence reads mapped to heterozygote SNPs are informative for discriminating two alleles.

RESULTS:

We develop a new method iASeq to address this issue by jointly analyzing multiple ChIP-seq datasets. iASeq uses a Bayesian hierarchical mixture model to learn correlation patterns of allele-specificity among multiple proteins. Using the discovered correlation patterns, the model allows one to borrow information across datasets to improve detection of allelic imbalance. Application of iASeq to 77 ChIP-seq samples from 40 ENCODE datasets and 1 genomic DNA sample in GM12878 cells reveals that allele-specificity of multiple proteins are highly correlated, and demonstrates the ability of iASeq to improve allelic inference compared to analyzing each individual dataset separately.

CONCLUSIONS:

iASeq illustrates the value of integrating multiple datasets in the allele-specificity inference and offers a new tool to better analyze ASB.

PMID:
23194258
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PMCID:
PMC3576346
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