Genome-wide search of nucleosome patterns using visual analytics



The Burrows-Wheeler Transform (BWT) is widely used for the fast alignment of highthroughput sequence data. This method also has potential applications in other areas of bioinformatics, and it can be specially useful for the fast searching of patterns on coverage data from different sources.


We present a nucleosome pattern search method that converts levels of nucleosomal occupancy to a sequence-like format to which BWT searches can be applied. The method is embedded in a nucleosome map browser, "Nucleosee", an interactive visual tool specifically designed to enhance BWT searches, giving them context and making them suitable for visual discourse analysis of the results. The proposed method is fast, flexible and sufficiently generic for the exploration of data in a broad and interactive way.


The proposed algorithm and visual browser are available for testing at The source code and installation packages are also available at

Supplementary information

Supplementary files are available at Bioinformatics online. A supplementary video tutorial is available at:

Genome-wide search, visual analytics, Burrows-Wheeler Transform, Nucleosomes

Rodrigo Santamaría, Roberto Therón, Laura Durán, Alicia García,Sara González, Mar Sánchez and Francisco Antequera 

Journal Paper
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