TFCONES: A database of vertebrate transcription factor-encoding genes and their associated conserved noncoding elements
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, 61 Biopolis Drive, Singapore 138673, Singapore
BMC Genomics 2007, 8:441 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-8-441Published: 29 November 2007
Transcription factors (TFs) regulate gene transcription and play pivotal roles in various biological processes such as development, cell cycle progression, cell differentiation and tumor suppression. Identifying cis-regulatory elements associated with TF-encoding genes is a crucial step in understanding gene regulatory networks. To this end, we have used a comparative genomics approach to identify putative cis-regulatory elements associated with TF-encoding genes in vertebrates.
We have created a database named TFCONES (
The conserved noncoding elements identified in TFCONES represent a catalog of highly prioritized putative cis-regulatory elements of TF-encoding genes and are candidates for functional assay.