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Inference of plant gene regulatory networks using data-driven methods : a practical overview

Tijdschriftbijdrage - Review Artikel

Transcriptional regulation is a complex and dynamic process that plays a vital role in plant growth and development. A key component in the regulation of genes is transcription factors (TFs), which coordinate the transcriptional control of gene activity. A gene regulatory network (GRN) is a collection of regulatory interactions between TFs and their target genes. The accurate delineation of GRNs offers a significant contribution to our understanding about how plant cells are organized and function, and how individual genes are regulated in various conditions, organs or cell types. During the past decade, important progress has been made in the identification of GRNs using experimental and computational approaches. However, a detailed overview of available platforms supporting the analysis of GRNs in plants is missing. Here, we review current databases, platforms and tools that perform data-driven analyses of gene regulation in Arabidopsis. The platforms are categorized into two sections, 1) promoter motif analysis tools that use motif mapping approaches to find TF motifs in the regulatory sequences of genes of interest and 2) network analysis tools that identify potential regulators for a set of input genes using a range of data types in order to generate GRNs. We discuss the diverse datasets integrated and highlight the strengths and caveats of different platforms. Finally, we shed light on the limitations of the above approaches and discuss future perspectives, including the need for integrative approaches to unravel complex GRNs in plants.
ISSN: 1876-4320
Issue: 6
Volume: 1863
Aantal pagina's: 1
Jaar van publicatie:2020