Triplet repeats in human genome: Distribution and their association with genes and other genomic regions

Subbaya Subramanian, Vamsi M. Madgula, Ranjan George, Rakesh K. Mishra, Madhusudhan W. Pandit, Chanderashekar S. Kumar, Lalji Singh

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Motivation: Simple sequence repeats (SSRs) or microsatellite repeats are found abundantly in many prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes. Among SSRs, triplet repeats are of special significance because some of them have been linked to various genetic disorders. The objective of the study is to analyze the triplet repeats of complete human genome and to identify the genes that contain the triplet repeats in their coding region. The analysis will help us to identify the candidate genes that have potential for repeat expansion. Results: We have analyzed triplet repeats in the complete human genome from the publicly available sequences. Our analysis revealed that AGC and CCG repeat were predominantly present in the coding regions of the genome while UTRs and the upstream sequences contained CCG repeats in relative abundance. Analysis of density of triplet repeats (bp/Mb) revealed that AAT and AAC were the abundant repeats whereas ACT and ACG were the rare repeats found in human genome. We could identify about 2135 known or predicted genes that were associated with at least one of the triplet repeat types. A large proportion of putative transcripts that were identified by gene finding programs were found to be associated with triplet repeats. These transcripts will be the candidate genes for analysis of triplet repeat expansion and a possible association with disease phenotypes. Identification of 171 genes which contain a minimum of ten repeat units will be of particular interest in future in correlating their association with any disease phenotype due to the expansion potential of repeats present in them. The list of genes and other details of analysis are given in the online supplementary data (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-552
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 22 2003

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Funding Information:
The authors are thankful to Sreedhar, Kavitha and Saritha for their support and technical assistance. We are grateful to Ramesh Aggarwal and K.Thangaraj for providing helpful discussions. Fellowship to S.S. from CSIR is duly acknowledged.


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