Introduction to Blueprint Land Content

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Blueprint Lands

BLUEPRINT focuses on epigenetic maps of distinct types of haematopoietic cells from healthy individuals and on their malignant leukaemic counterparts. The data help to study those cells to advance and exploit knowledge of the underlying biological processes and mechanisms in health and disease.

According to BLUEPRINT, “This resource-generating activity will be complemented by research into blood-based diseases, including common leukaemias and autoimmune disease (Type 1 Diabetes), by discovery and validation of epigenetic markers for diagnostic use and by epigenetic target identification. This may eventually lead to the development of novel and more individualised medical treatments."

Data Sources


Data Type

Expression Data

628 normal blood RNA-seq samples from 373 patients, representin 46 cell types with RNA-Seq data.

Laboratory Methods

Illumina TruSeq RNA sequencing

Processing Methods

RNA-Seq data: OmicScript Pipeline and Building Land From RNA-Seq Data

Key Meta Data Columns

CellType: Blueprint focus on cell types and diseases of the Haematopoietic System. ( See Blueprint Cell Types for details)

Tumor or Normal: indicates whether a sample is from tumor sample for normal sample. Currently, there are 8 tumor samples by 2016 Q1 release.

Primary Grouping (CellType)

  • CD14++ CD16- classical monocyte
  • neutrophil
  • megakaryocyte erythroid progenitor cell
  • alpha-beta T cell
  • regulatory T cell
  • CD4+ central memory T cell
  • CD4+ effector memory T cell
  • CD8+ central memory T cell
  • CD8+ effector memory T cell
  • cytotoxic NK cell
  • CD38- immature B cell
  • memory B cell
  • class switched memory B cell
  • hematopoietic stem cell (HSC)
  • hematopoietic multipotent progenitor (MPP)
  • common lymphoid progenitor (CLP)
  • granulocyte-monocyte progenitor
  • macrophage
  • erythroblast
  • megakaryocyte progenitor cell
  • common myeloid progenitor (CMP)
  • CD4+CD8+ T cell
  • plasma B cell
  • M1 macrophage
  • myeloid cell
  • M2 macrophage
  • NA
  • vein endothelial cell
  • monocyte
  • conventional dendritic cell
  • B cell
  • eosinophil
  • neutrophilic myelocyte
  • neutrophilic metamyelocyte
  • band cell
  • bone marrow polymorphonuclear neutrophil (BM-PMN)
  • endothelial progenitor cell (EPC)
  • bone marrow MSC
  • peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC)
  • germinal center B cell
  • bone marrow derived mononuclear cell (BMMC)
  • burst-forming unit-erythroid cell
  • colony-forming unit-erythroid cell
  • naive B cell
  • bone cell
  • terminally differentiated effector memory CD8+ T cell

Key Views

Similar to GTEx, Blueprint data characterize different types of haematopoietic cells. The most common way to visualize the data is to group the data by Cell Type:


A quick and powerful analysis function is to use the dynamic integration RNASeq_Transcript=>RNASeq_Transcript view to discover other genes with similar expression patterns to a gene of interest:

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Or look for genes that have anti-correlated-expression:

TNFRSF17 anticorrelation.png

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