CaptureCompendium: a comprehensive toolkit for 3C analysis
Telenius J., Downes D., Sergeant M., Oudelaar M., McGowan S., Kerry J., Hanssen LLP., Schwessinger R., Eijsbouts C., Davies JOJ., Taylor S., Hughes J.
ABSTRACT DNA folding within nuclei is a highly ordered process, with implications for gene regulation and development. An array of chromosome conformation capture (3C) methods have been developed to investigate how DNA is packaged within nuclei and to interrogate specific interactions. While these methods use different approaches to examine target loci (many-versus-all) or the entire genome (all-versus-all), they all rely on the core principle of endonuclease digestion and proximity-based ligation to re-arrange genomic order to reflect the three-dimensional nuclear conformation. This sequence reorganization creates novel chimeric DNA fragments which require specialist bioinformatic tools to analyze and visualize. Despite this need for specialist bioinformatic skills, the core biological importance of genome folding has seen widespread methodological uptake. To service the needs of experimentalists using the many-versus-all Capture-C family of methods we have developed CaptureCompendium; a toolkit of software to simplify the design, analysis and presentation of 3C experiments.