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(2006)GENOME BIOLOGY.7(11). Mark abstract Background: Transcriptional regulation plays an important role in the control of many biological processes. Transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) are the functional elements that determine transcriptional activity and are organized into separable cis-regulatory modules, each defining the cooperation of several transcription factors required for a specific spatio-temporal expression pattern. Consequently, the discovery of novel TFBSs in promoter sequences is an important step to improve our understanding of gene regulation. Results: Here, we applied a detection strategy that combines features of classic motif overrepresentation approaches in co-regulated genes with general comparative footprinting principles for the identification of biologically relevant regulatory elements and modules in Arabidopsis thaliana, a model system for plant biology. In total, we identified 80 TFBSs and 139 regulatory modules, most of which are novel, and primarily consist of two or three regulatory elements that could be linked to different important biological processes, such as protein biosynthesis, cell cycle control, photosynthesis and embryonic development. Moreover, studying the physical properties of some specific regulatory modules revealed that Arabidopsis promoters have a compact nature, with cooperative TFBSs located in close proximity of each other. Conclusion: These results create a starting point to unravel regulatory networks in plants and to study the regulation of biological processes from a systems biology point of view.

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication: http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-371646



Autor: Klaas Vandepoele , Tineke Casneuf and Yves Van de Peer

Fuente: https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/371646



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