Transcriptomics resources of human tissues and organs.
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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.


Gene Expression
genome‐scale metabolic models

MeSH terms

Databases, Genetic
Gene Expression
Gene Expression Profiling
Genome-Wide Association Study
Models, Biological
Organ Specificity
Sequence Analysis, RNA


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

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