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v2.0.0 new

New features:

  1. Link to data compendium hosted in Singapore and Canada;
  2. Link to TF motifs and DNA methylation in human and mouse;
  3. Perform TF interactome analysis coupled with DNA methylation and other chromatin signals such as chromatin accessibility.


TFregulomeR comprises of a comprehensive compendium of transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) derived from the MethMotif and GTRD, as well as the ready-to-use functionality in R language facilitating data access, integration and analysis. The binding motifs predicted in-silico from MethMotif and GTRD describe cell specific transcription factor (TF) binding propensities, while the DNA methylation profiles from MethMotif portray a second epigenetic dimension in TF binding events. The whole toolbox allows a better understanding of the TF binding propensities in a cell-specific manner.

Release notes

This repository is TFregulomeR stable release

Current TFregulomeR stable version: 2.0.0 (Updated on 5 March 2020).

For development release, please visit TFregulomeR-dev


You can check detailed package instructions in Vignettes

Current Functionalities v2.0.0

Click here for functionality update notes

Currently, TFregulomeR links to data compendium hosted in Singapore (default) and Canada. User is able to switch the servers by changing the input parameter 'server' when using those functions highlighted as 'multi-servers' below. For Singapore server, please use server='sg', and for Canada one, please use server='ca'. For example, when browsing TFregulomeR data compendium hosted in Canada, using dataBrowser(server='ca'). For details, please refer to the Vignettes.

Note: new function is highlighted in bold font.

  1. Browse the TFregulomeR data compendium (dataBrowser(), multi-servers)
  2. Load TF peaks (loadPeaks(), multi-servers)
  3. Search motif matrix and DNA methylation score matrix (searchMotif(), multi-servers)
  4. Plot motif or MethMotif logo (plotLogo)
  5. Export motif matrix and DNA methylation score matrix (exportMMPFM)
  6. Get context-independent peaks along with DNA methylation profiles (commonPeaks(), multi-servers, & commonPeakResult())
  7. Get context-dependent peaks along with DNA methylation profiles (exclusivePeaks(), multi-servers, & exclusivePeakResult())
  8. Form a intersected matrix between two lists of peak sets along with DNA methylation profiles, read enrichments and users' input external signals, for interactome and co-binding partner studies (intersectPeakMatrix(), multi-servers, & intersectPeakMatrixResult()). - NEW Feature
  9. Automatically generate a PDF report for TF co-factors along with motif sequences, DNA methylation (within motif and in 200bp regions) and read enrichments (cofactorReport()).
  10. Automatically produce a dynamic three-dimensional interface showing TF interactome coupled with DNA methylation and/or users’ input external signal values (interactome3D()). - NEW Function
  11. Plot the TFBS distribution in a given list of peak sets (motifDistrib(), multi-servers, & plotDistrib()).
  12. Annotate peak genomic locations (genomeAnnotate(), multi-servers).
  13. Annotate ontologies of target genes by a peak set (greatAnnotate()).
  14. Convert a motif matrix to a PFMatrix calss object for TFBSTools package (toTFBSTools(), multi-servers).

Current TFBSs in TFregulomeR compendium

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TFregulomeR data compendium version: 2.0.0

Item Count
PWM 2333
Unique TF 676
PWM with DNA methylation records 679
Species human (hg38) and mouse (mm10)
Organ brain, stem_cell, blood_and_lymph, connective_tissue, liver, colorectum, muscle, bone, stomach, prostate, pancreas, skin, eye, breast, intestine, kidney, lung, esophagus, heart, testis, uterus, spleen, limb, body, cervix, placenta, undefined, adrenal_gland, neck_and_mouth, head, ovary, pleura, thymus, fallopian, vagina
Sample type primary_cells, cell_line, tissue
Cell or tissue 721
Disease state normal, tumor, Simpson_Golabi_Behmel_syndrome, progeria, metaplasia, unknown, immortalized, premetastatic
Source GTRD, MethMotif


Quy Xiao Xuan Lin, Denis Thieffry, Sudhakar Jha, Touati Benoukraf. (2019) TFregulomeR reveals transcription factors’ context-specific features and functions. Nucleic Acids Res., 10.1093/nar/gkz1088. [Manuscript]

Case studies

The scripts of case studies used in our manuscript are available as below.

  1. Case study of CEBPB
  2. Case study of MAFF
  3. Case study of ATF3


Prerequisite pakcages

  1. Required packages: the packages below are the basic prerequisite packages for TFregulomeR functionalities

  2. Optional packages: the packages below are optional since they are required only in some functions or some options in a function


In R console,

# if you have not installed "devtools" package

The step above will automatically install the required packages. However, you still need to install optional packages if you opt to use the functions such as greatAnnotate(), genomeAnnotate() and toTFBSTools().


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