Cistrome Cancer: A Web Resource for Integrative Gene Regulation Modeling in Cancer

Cancer Res. 2017 Nov 1;77(21):e19-e22. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-0327.


Cancer results from a breakdown of normal gene expression control, so the study of gene regulation is critical to cancer research. To gain insight into the transcriptional and epigenetic factors regulating abnormal gene expression patterns in cancers, we developed the Cistrome Cancer web resource ( We conducted the systematic integration and modeling of over 10,000 tumor molecular profiles from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) with over 23,000 ChIP-seq and chromatin accessibility profiles from our Cistrome collection. The results include reconstruction of functional enhancer profiles, "super-enhancer" target genes, as well as predictions of active transcription factors and their target genes for each TCGA cancer type. Cistrome Cancer reveals novel insights from integrative analyses combining chromatin profiles with tumor molecular profiles and will be a useful resource to the cancer gene regulation community. Cancer Res; 77(21); e19-22. ©2017 AACR.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Chromatin / genetics*
  • Computational Biology / trends*
  • Epigenomics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / genetics
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Transcription Factors / genetics


  • Chromatin
  • Transcription Factors