Additional file 12.

Relationship between DNA methylation and genomic context. Probes were separated into two groups based on their genomic location - CpG Island (CGI) or non-CpG Island (non-CGI). The expected frequency was based on the proportion of all analysable Infinium probes (A) within a CGI or outside a CGI (0.76 and 0.24, respectively). Probes that increased in methylation over gestation were predominantly in non-CGI regions (B), while probes that decreased in methylation over gestation showed the expected proportions. Furthermore, probes that showed inter-individual variation in (D) both first and third trimesters, (E) first trimester only, and (F) third trimester only, were predominantly associated with CGIs. This finding further suggests that probes that change over gestation are not the same as those that show inter-individual variation within each gestation.

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Novakovic et al. BMC Genomics 2011 12:529   doi:10.1186/1471-2164-12-529