Iterative correction of Hi-C data reveals hallmarks of chromosome organization
Program in Systems Biology; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Medical Subject Headings
Chromosome Positioning; Chromosomes; DNA; Genomics; Nucleic Acid Conformation
Genetics and Genomics | Systems Biology
Extracting biologically meaningful information from chromosomal interactions obtained with genome-wide chromosome conformation capture (3C) analyses requires the elimination of systematic biases. We present a computational pipeline that integrates a strategy to map sequencing reads with a data-driven method for iterative correction of biases, yielding genome-wide maps of relative contact probabilities. We validate this ICE (iterative correction and eigenvector decomposition) technique on published data obtained by the high-throughput 3C method Hi-C, and we demonstrate that eigenvector decomposition of the obtained maps provides insights into local chromatin states, global patterns of chromosomal interactions, and the conserved organization of human and mouse chromosomes.