Transcriptional enhancers: Bridging the genome and phenome

Bing Ren, Feng Yue

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Enhancers play a major role in animal development by modulating spatiotemporal expression of genes. They interact with sequence-specific transcriptional regulators in response to internal and external cues to bring about transcriptional changes, thus serving as the critical link between an organism's genome and its phenotypic traits. Deciphering the biology of enhancers is a key to understanding the genetic basis of common human diseases. Although a large number of candidate enhancers have been annotated through genome-wide analyses of chromatin accessibility, transcription factor binding, and histone modification in diverse cell types, efforts to characterize their biological roles in human diseases have only begun. Recent experiments have suggested a role for the three-dimensional chromatin architecture in regulation of gene expression by enhancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication21st Century Genetics Genes at Work, 2015
EditorsTerri Grodzicker, Bruce Stillman, David Stewart
PublisherCold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781621821472
StatePublished - 2016
Event21st Century Genetics Genes at Work, 2015 - Huntington, United States
Duration: May 26 2015May 31 2015

Publication series

NameCold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
ISSN (Print)0091-7451
ISSN (Electronic)1943-4456


Other21st Century Genetics Genes at Work, 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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