CpG-island-based annotation and analysis of human housekeeping genes.

Research paper by Le L Zhang, Zichun Z Dai, Jun J Yu, Ming M Xiao

Indexed on: 28 Jan '20Published on: 27 Jan '20Published in: Briefings in bioinformatics


By reviewing previous CpG-related studies, we consider that the transcription regulation of about half of the human genes, mostly housekeeping (HK) genes, involves CpG islands (CGIs), their methylation states, CpG spacing and other chromosomal parameters. However, the precise CGI definition and positioning of CGIs within gene structures, as well as specific CGI-associated regulatory mechanisms, all remain to be explained at individual gene and gene-family levels, together with consideration of species and lineage specificity. Although previous studies have already classified CGIs into high-CpG (HCGI), intermediate-CpG (ICGI) and low-CpG (LCGI) densities based on CpG density variation, the correlation between CGI density and gene expression regulation, such as co-regulation of CGIs and TATA box on HK genes, remains to be elucidated. First, this study introduces such a problem-solving protocol for human-genome annotation, which is based on a combination of GTEx, JBLA and Gene Ontology (GO) analysis. Next, we discuss why CGI-associated genes are most likely regulated by HCGI and tend to be HK genes; the HCGI/TATA± and LCGI/TATA± combinations show different GO enrichment, whereas the ICGI/TATA± combination is less characteristic based on GO enrichment analysis. Finally, we demonstrate that Hadoop MapReduce-based MR-JBLA algorithm is more efficient than the original JBLA in k-mer counting and CGI-associated gene analysis. © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.