The study of the mammalian immune system offers many advantages to systems biologists. The cellular components of the mammalian immune system are experimentally tractable; they can be isolated or differentiated from in vivo and ex vivo sources and have an essential role in health and disease. For these reasons, the major effectors cells of the innate immune system, macrophages, have been a particular focus in international genome and transcriptome consortia. Genome-scale analysis of the transcriptome, and transcription initiation has enabled the construction of predictive models of transcription control in macrophages that identify the points of control (the major nodes of networks) and the ways in which they interact.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)