Large-scale identification of coregulated enhancer networks in the adult human brain

Marit W Vermunt, Peter Reinink, Jeroen Korving, Ewart de Bruijn, Menno P. Creyghton, Onur Basak, Geert Geeven, Pim W Toonen, Nico Lansu, Charles Meunier, Sebastiaan van Heesch, Hans Clevers, Wouter de Laat, Edwin Cuppen, Menno P Creyghton,

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Understanding the complexity of the human brain and its functional diversity remain a major challenge. Distinct anatomical regions are involved in an array of processes, including organismal homeostasis, cognitive functions, and susceptibility to neurological pathologies, many of which define our species. Distal enhancers have emerged as key regulatory elements that acquire histone modifications in a cell- and species-specific manner, thus enforcing specific gene expression programs. Here, we survey the epigenomic landscape of promoters and cis-regulatory elements in 136 regions of the adult human brain. We identify a total of 83,553 promoter-distal H3K27ac-enriched regions showing global characteristics of brain enhancers. We use coregulation of enhancer elements across many distinct regions of the brain to uncover functionally distinct networks at high resolution and link these networks to specific neuroglial functions. Furthermore, we use these data to understand the relevance of noncoding genomic variations previously linked to Parkinson's disease incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-79
Number of pages13
JournalCell Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2014


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