RRBS-Analyser: A Comprehensive Web Server for Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing Data Analysis.

TitleRRBS-Analyser: A Comprehensive Web Server for Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing Data Analysis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWang T, Liu Q, Li X, Wang X, Li J, Zhu X, Sun ZS, Wu J
JournalHuman mutation
Date Published2013 Dec

In reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS), genomic DNA is digested with the restriction enzyme and then subjected to next-generation sequencing, which enables detection and quantification of DNA methylation at whole-genome scale with low cost. However, the data processing, interpretation, and analysis of the huge amounts of data generated pose a bioinformatics challenge. We developed RRBS-Analyser, a comprehensive genome-scale DNA methylation analysis server based on RRBS data. RRBS-Analyser can assess sequencing quality, generate detailed statistical information, align the bisulfite-treated short reads to reference genome, identify and annotate the methylcytosines (5mCs) and associate them with different genomic features in CG, CHG, and CHH content. RRBS-Analyser supports detection, annotation, and visualization of differentially methylated regions (DMRs) for multiple samples from nine reference organisms. Moreover, RRBS-Analyser provides researchers with detailed annotation of DMR-containing genes, which will greatly aid subsequent studies. The input of RRBS-Analyser can be raw FASTQ reads, generic SAM format, or self-defined format containing individual 5mC sites. RRBS-Analyser can be widely used by researchers wanting to unravel the complexities of DNA methylome in the epigenetic community. RRBS-Analyser is freely available at

Alternate JournalHum. Mutat.