jChIP: A graphical environment for exploratory ChIP-Seq data analysis

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Background: Chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled with next-generation sequencing (ChIP-Seq) provides a powerful tool for discovering protein-DNA interactions. Still, the computational analysis of the great amount of ChIP-Seq data generated, involving mapping of raw data to reference genome, has been a bottle neck for most of researchers in the transcriptional and epigenetic fields. Thus, user-friendly ChIP-Seq processing method sare much needed to enable greater community of computational and bench biologists to exploit the power of ChIP-Seq technology. Findings: jChIP is a graphical tool that was developed to analyze and display ChIP-Seq data. It matches reads to the corresponding loci downloaded from Ensembl Genes or Ensembl Regulation databases. jChIP provides a friendly interface for exploratory analysis of mapped reads as well as peak calling data. The built-in functions for graphical display of reads distribution allows to evaluate the quality and meaning of ChIP-Seq data. Conclusion: jChIP is a user-friendly GUI-based software for the analysis of ChIP-Seq data within context of known genomic features. Further, jChIP provides tools for discovering new and refining known genome-wide protein binding patterns.

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Chojnowski, K., Goryca, K., Rubel, T., & Mikula, M. (2014). jChIP: A graphical environment for exploratory ChIP-Seq data analysis. BMC Research Notes, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-7-676

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