Apr 25, 2020

Comparison of the Hi-C, GAM and SPRITE methods by use of polymer models of chromatin

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
L. FiorilloMario Nicodemi


Powerful technologies have been developed to probe chromatin 3D physical interactions genome-wide, such as Hi-C, GAM and SPRITE. Due to their intrinsic differences and without a benchmarking reference, it is currently difficult to assess how well each method represents the genome 3D structure and their relative performance. Here, we develop a computational approach to implement Hi-C, GAM and SPRITE in-silico to compare the three methods in a simplified, yet controlled framework against known polymer 3D structures. We test our approach on models of three 6-Mb genomic regions, around the Sox9 and the HoxD genes in mouse ES cells, and around the Epha4 gene in mouse CHLX-12 cells. The model-derived contact matrices consistently match Hi-C, GAM and SPRITE experiments. We show that in-silico Hi-C, GAM and SPRITE average data are overall faithful to the 3D structures of the polymer models. We find that the inherent variability of model single-molecule 3D conformations and experimental efficiency differently affect the contact data of the different methods. Similarly, the noise-to-signal levels vary with genomic distance differently in in-silico Hi-C, SPRITE and GAM. We benchmark the performance of each technology in bulk and in single...Continue Reading

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