Cell Cycle 2005 Jan 5;4(1):172-6. Epub 2005 Jan 5.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.
Genomic microarrays have been used to assess DNA replication timing in a variety of eukaryotic organisms. A replication timing map of the human genome has already been published at a 1Mb resolution. Here we describe how the same method can be used to assess the replication timing of chromosome 6 with a greater resolution using an array of overlapping tile path clones. We report the replication timing map of the whole of chromosome 6 in general, and the MHC region in particular. Positive correlations are observed between replication timing and a number of genomic features including GC content, repeat content and transcriptional activity.