↓ Skip to main content

Chromatin variation associated with liver metabolism is mediated by transposable elements

Overview of attention for article published in Epigenetics & Chromatin, July 2016
Altmetric Badge

About this Attention Score

  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (76th percentile)

Mentioned by

13 tweeters


27 Dimensions

Readers on

51 Mendeley
You are seeing a free-to-access but limited selection of the activity Altmetric has collected about this research output. Click here to find out more.
Chromatin variation associated with liver metabolism is mediated by transposable elements
Published in
Epigenetics & Chromatin, July 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13072-016-0078-0
Pubmed ID

Juan Du, Amy Leung, Candi Trac, Michael Lee, Brian W. Parks, Aldons J. Lusis, Rama Natarajan, Dustin E. Schones


Functional regulatory regions in eukaryotic genomes are characterized by the disruption of nucleosomes leading to accessible chromatin. The modulation of chromatin accessibility is one of the key mediators of transcriptional regulation, and variation in chromatin accessibility across individuals has been linked to complex traits and disease susceptibility. While mechanisms responsible for chromatin variation across individuals have been investigated, the overwhelming majority of chromatin variation remains unexplained. Furthermore, the processes through which the variation of chromatin accessibility contributes to phenotypic diversity remain poorly understood. We profiled chromatin accessibility in liver from seven strains of mice with phenotypic diversity in response to a high-fat/high-sucrose (HF/HS) diet and identified reproducible chromatin variation across the individuals. We found that sites of variable chromatin accessibility were more likely to coincide with particular classes of transposable elements (TEs) than sites with common chromatin signatures. Evolutionarily younger long interspersed nuclear elements (LINEs) are particularly likely to harbor variable chromatin sites. These younger LINEs are enriched for binding sites of immune-associated transcription factors, whereas older LINEs are enriched for liver-specific transcription factors. Genomic region enrichment analysis indicates that variable chromatin sites at TEs may function to regulate liver metabolic pathways. CRISPR-Cas9 deletion of a number of variable chromatin sites at TEs altered expression of nearby metabolic genes. Finally, we show that polymorphism of TEs and differential DNA methylation at TEs can both influence chromatin variation. Our results demonstrate that specific classes of TEs show variable chromatin accessibility across strains of mice that display phenotypic diversity in response to a HF/HS diet. These results indicate that chromatin variation at TEs is an important contributor to phenotypic variation among populations.

Twitter Demographics

The data shown below were collected from the profiles of 13 tweeters who shared this research output. Click here to find out more about how the information was compiled.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 51 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Korea, Republic of 1 2%
Netherlands 1 2%
Unknown 49 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 24%
Researcher 12 24%
Professor > Associate Professor 5 10%
Student > Master 5 10%
Student > Bachelor 3 6%
Other 10 20%
Unknown 4 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 19 37%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 18 35%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 6%
Environmental Science 2 4%
Computer Science 1 2%
Other 1 2%
Unknown 7 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 April 2017.
All research outputs
of 20,993,108 outputs
Outputs from Epigenetics & Chromatin
of 540 outputs
Outputs of similar age
of 273,721 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Epigenetics & Chromatin
of 1 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 20,993,108 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done well and is in the 80th percentile: it's in the top 25% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 540 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a little more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 6.4. This one has gotten more attention than average, scoring higher than 68% of its peers.
Older research outputs will score higher simply because they've had more time to accumulate mentions. To account for age we can compare this Altmetric Attention Score to the 273,721 tracked outputs that were published within six weeks on either side of this one in any source. This one has done well, scoring higher than 76% of its contemporaries.
We're also able to compare this research output to 1 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has scored higher than all of them