DAnCER: disease-annotated chromatin epigenetics resource.

TitleDAnCER: disease-annotated chromatin epigenetics resource.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsTurinsky, A. L., Turner B., Borja R. C., Gleeson J. A., Heath M., Pu S., Switzer T., Dong D., Gong Y., On T., Xiong X., Emili A., Greenblatt J., Parkinson J., Zhang Z., and Wodak S. J.
JournalNucleic Acids Res
IssueDatabase issue
Date Published2011 Jan
KeywordsAnimals, Caenorhabditis elegans, Chromatin, Databases, Genetic, Disease, Drosophila melanogaster, Epigenomics, Humans, Mice, Molecular Sequence Annotation, Protein Conformation, Protein Interaction Mapping, Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Chromatin modification (CM) is a set of epigenetic processes that govern many aspects of DNA replication, transcription and repair. CM is carried out by groups of physically interacting proteins, and their disruption has been linked to a number of complex human diseases. CM remains largely unexplored, however, especially in higher eukaryotes such as human. Here we present the DAnCER resource, which integrates information on genes with CM function from five model organisms, including human. Currently integrated are gene functional annotations, Pfam domain architecture, protein interaction networks and associated human diseases. Additional supporting evidence includes orthology relationships across organisms, membership in protein complexes, and information on protein 3D structure. These data are available for 962 experimentally confirmed and manually curated CM genes and for over 5000 genes with predicted CM function on the basis of orthology and domain composition. DAnCER allows visual explorations of the integrated data and flexible query capabilities using a variety of data filters. In particular, disease information and functional annotations are mapped onto the protein interaction networks, enabling the user to formulate new hypotheses on the function and disease associations of a given gene based on those of its interaction partners. DAnCER is freely available at

Alternate JournalNucleic Acids Res.
PubMed ID20876685
PubMed Central IDPMC3013761
Grant ListMOP#82940 / / Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Canada