Exploring the three-dimensional organization of genomes: interpreting chromatin interaction data

Nat Rev Genet. 2013 Jun;14(6):390-403. doi: 10.1038/nrg3454. Epub 2013 May 9.


How DNA is organized in three dimensions inside the cell nucleus and how this affects the ways in which cells access, read and interpret genetic information are among the longest standing questions in cell biology. Using newly developed molecular, genomic and computational approaches based on the chromosome conformation capture technology (such as 3C, 4C, 5C and Hi-C), the spatial organization of genomes is being explored at unprecedented resolution. Interpreting the increasingly large chromatin interaction data sets is now posing novel challenges. Here we describe several types of statistical and computational approaches that have recently been developed to analyse chromatin interaction data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromatin / genetics*
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human / genetics
  • Epistasis, Genetic
  • Genome, Human*
  • Humans
  • Models, Genetic
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation


  • Chromatin