The effects of common structural variants on 3D chromatin structure

Omar Shanta, Amina Noor, Mark J.P. Chaisson, Ashley D. Sanders, Xuefang Zhao, Ankit Malhotra, David Porubsky, Tobias Rausch, Eugene J. Gardner, Oscar L. Rodriguez, Li Guo, Ryan L. Collins, Xian Fan, Jia Wen, Robert E. Handsaker, Susan Fairley, Zev N. Kronenberg, Xiangmeng Kong, Fereydoun Hormozdiari, Dillon LeeAaron M. Wenger, Alex R. Hastie, Danny Antaki, Thomas Anantharaman, Peter A. Audano, Harrison Brand, Stuart Cantsilieris, Han Cao, Eliza Cerveira, Chong Chen, Xintong Chen, Chen Shan Chin, Zechen Chong, Nelson T. Chuang, Christine C. Lambert, Deanna M. Church, Laura Clarke, Andrew Farrell, Joey Flores, Timur Galeey, Madhusudan Gujral, Victor Guryev, William Haynes Heaton, Jonas Korlach, Sushant Kumar, Jee Young Kwon, Ernest T. Lam, Jong Eun Lee, Joyce Lee, Wan Ping Lee, Sau Peng Lee, Shantao Li, Patrick Marks, Karine Viaud-Martinez, Sascha Meiers, Katherine M. Munson, Fabio C.P. Navarro, Bradley J. Nelson, Conor Nodzak, Amina Noor, Sofia Kyriazopoulou-Panagiotopoulou, Andy W.C. Pang, Gabriel Rosanio, Mallory Ryan, Adrian Stütz, Diana C.J. Spierings, Alistair Ward, Anne Marie E. Welch, Ming Xiao, Wei Xu, Chengsheng Zhang, Qihui Zhu, Xiangqun Zheng-Bradley, Ernesto Lowy, Sergei Yakneen, Steven McCarroll, Goo Jun, Li Ding, Chong Lek Koh, Paul Flicek, Ken Chen, Mark B. Gerstein, Pui Yan Kwok, Peter M. Lansdorp, Gabor T. Marth, Jonathan Sebat, Xinghua Shi, Ali Bashir, Kai Ye, Scott E. Devine, Michael E. Talkowski, Ryan E. Mills, Tobias Marschall, Jan O. Korbel, Evan E. Eichler, Charles Lee, Jonathan Sebat

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Background: Three-dimensional spatial organization of chromosomes is defined by highly self-interacting regions 0.1-1 Mb in size termed Topological Associating Domains (TADs). Genetic factors that explain dynamic variation in TAD structure are not understood. We hypothesize that common structural variation (SV) in the human population can disrupt regulatory sequences and thereby influence TAD formation. To determine the effects of SVs on 3D chromatin organization, we performed chromosome conformation capture sequencing (Hi-C) of lymphoblastoid cell lines from 19 subjects for which SVs had been previously characterized in the 1000 genomes project. We tested the effects of common deletion polymorphisms on TAD structure by linear regression analysis of nearby quantitative chromatin interactions (contacts) within 240 kb of the deletion, and we specifically tested the hypothesis that deletions at TAD boundaries (TBs) could result in large-scale alterations in chromatin conformation. Results: Large (> 10 kb) deletions had significant effects on long-range chromatin interactions. Deletions were associated with increased contacts that span the deleted region and this effect was driven by large deletions that were not located within a TAD boundary (nonTB). Some deletions at TBs, including a 80 kb deletion of the genes CFHR1 and CFHR3, had detectable effects on chromatin contacts. However for TB deletions overall, we did not detect a pattern of effects that was consistent in magnitude or direction. Large inversions in the population had a distinguishable signature characterized by a rearrangement of contacts that span its breakpoints. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that common SVs in the population impact long-range chromatin structure, and deletions and inversions have distinct signatures. However, the effects that we observe are subtle and variable between loci. Genome-wide analysis of chromatin conformation in large cohorts will be needed to quantify the influence of common SVs on chromatin structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number95
JournalBMC genomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 30 2020


  • Chromatin
  • Deletion
  • Hi-C
  • Inversion
  • Structural variation
  • TAD
  • TAD fusion


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