Transcriptomics resources of human tissues and organs

Mathias Uhlén, Björn M. Hallström, Cecilia Lindskog, Adil Mardinoglu, Fredrik Pontén, Jens Nielsen

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Quantifying the differential expression of genes in various human organs, tissues, and cell types is vital to understand human physiology and disease. Recently, several large-scale transcriptomics studies have analyzed the expression of protein-coding genes across tissues. These datasets provide a framework for defining the molecular constituents of the human body as well as for generating comprehensive lists of proteins expressed across tissues or in a tissue-restricted manner. Here, we review publicly available human transcriptome resources and discuss body-wide data from independent genome-wide transcriptome analyses of different tissues. Gene expression measurements from these independent datasets, generated using samples from fresh frozen surgical specimens and postmortem tissues, are consistent. Overall, the different genome-wide analyses support a distribution in which many proteins are found in all tissues and relatively few in a tissue-restricted manner. Moreover, we discuss the applications of publicly available omics data for building genome-scale metabolic models, used for analyzing cell and tissue functions both in physiological and in disease contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number862
JournalMolecular Systems Biology
Issue number4
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Genome‐scale metabolic models
  • Proteomics
  • Transcriptomics


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