Multiomic atlas with functional stratification and developmental dynamics of zebrafish cis-regulatory elements

Damir Baranasic, Matthias Hörtenhuber, Piotr J. Balwierz, Tobias Zehnder, Abdul Kadir Mukarram, Chirag Nepal, Csilla Várnai, Yavor Hadzhiev, Ada Jimenez-Gonzalez, Nan Li, Joseph Wragg, Fabio M. D’Orazio, Dorde Relic, Mikhail Pachkov, Noelia Díaz, Benjamín Hernández-Rodríguez, Zelin Chen, Marcus Stoiber, Michaël Dong, Irene StevensSamuel E. Ross, Anne Eagle, Ryan Martin, Oluwapelumi Obasaju, Sepand Rastegar, Alison C. McGarvey, Wolfgang Kopp, Emily Chambers, Dennis Wang, Hyejeong R. Kim, Rafael D. Acemel, Silvia Naranjo, Maciej Łapiński, Vanessa Chong, Sinnakaruppan Mathavan, Bernard Peers, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, Martin Vingron, Piero Carninci, Uwe Ohler, Scott Allen Lacadie, Shawn M. Burgess, Cecilia Winata, Freek van Eeden, Juan M. Vaquerizas, José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta, Daria Onichtchouk, Ben James Brown, Ozren Bogdanovic, Erik van Nimwegen, Monte Westerfield, Fiona C. Wardle, Carsten O. Daub, Boris Lenhard*, Ferenc Müller

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Zebrafish, a popular organism for studying embryonic development and for modeling human diseases, has so far lacked a systematic functional annotation program akin to those in other animal models. To address this, we formed the international DANIO-CODE consortium and created a central repository to store and process zebrafish developmental functional genomic data. Our data coordination center ( combines a total of 1,802 sets of unpublished and re-analyzed published genomic data, which we used to improve existing annotations and show its utility in experimental design. We identified over 140,000 cis-regulatory elements throughout development, including classes with distinct features dependent on their activity in time and space. We delineated the distinct distance topology and chromatin features between regulatory elements active during zygotic genome activation and those active during organogenesis. Finally, we matched regulatory elements and epigenomic landscapes between zebrafish and mouse and predicted functional relationships between them beyond sequence similarity, thus extending the utility of zebrafish developmental genomics to mammals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1050
Number of pages14
JournalNature genetics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


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