A genome-wide transcriptomic analysis of protein-coding genes in human blood cells

Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ISSN 0036-8075

Volume 366, 6472, 2019

DOI:10.1126/science.aax9198, Dimensions: pub.1123532792, PMID: 31857451,



  1. (1) Technical University of Denmark, grid.5170.3, DTU
  2. (2) Royal Institute of Technology, grid.5037.1
  3. (3) Karolinska Institute, grid.4714.6
  4. (4) Karolinska University Hospital, grid.24381.3c
  5. (5) King's College London, grid.13097.3c
  6. (6) Uppsala University, grid.8993.b



United Kingdom





Blood is the predominant source for molecular analyses in humans, both in clinical and research settings. It is the target for many therapeutic strategies, emphasizing the need for comprehensive molecular maps of the cells constituting human blood. In this study, we performed a genome-wide transcriptomic analysis of protein-coding genes in sorted blood immune cell populations to characterize the expression levels of each individual gene across the blood cell types. All data are presented in an interactive, open-access Blood Atlas as part of the Human Protein Atlas and are integrated with expression profiles across all major tissues to provide spatial classification of all protein-coding genes. This allows for a genome-wide exploration of the expression profiles across human immune cell populations and all major human tissues and organs.


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