swMATH ID: 20401
Software Authors: Benedikt Zacher, Achim Tresch
Description: Starr: Simple Tiling Array Analysis of Affymetrix ChIP-chip data. Chromatin immunoprecipitation combined with DNA microarrays (ChIP-chip) is an assay for DNA-protein-binding or post-translational chromatin/histone modifications. As with all high-throughput technologies, it requires a thorough bioinformatic processing of the data for which there is no standard yet. The primary goal is the reliable identification and localization of genomic regions that bind a specific protein. The second step comprises comparison of binding profiles of functionally related proteins, or of binding profiles of the same protein in different genetic backgrounds or environmental conditions. Ultimately, one would like to gain a mechanistic understanding of the effects of DNA binding events on gene expression. We present a free, open-source R package Starr that, in combination with the package Ringo, facilitates the comparative analysis of ChIP-chip data across experiments and across different microarray platforms. Core features are data import, quality assessment, normalization and visualization of the data, and the detection of ChIP-enriched genomic regions. The use of common Bioconductor classes ensures the compatibility with other R packages. Most importantly, Starr provides methods for integration of complementary genomics data, e.g., it enables systematic investigation of the relation between gene expression and dna binding.
Homepage: http://bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/html/Starr.html
Related Software: Bioconductor; Ringo; R
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