Question: resem values from TCGA RNAseqV2 data
gravatar for Ashwini Patil
5.7 years ago by
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Ashwini Patil70 wrote:

Hi all,

I am working with TCGA RNAseqV2 data and the data consist of rsem values. rsem values have huge variations so I took log2(rsem) and plotted a heatmap. I am interested in seeing expression level. My question is: are rsem values comparable to all sample particularly expression?



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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5.7 years ago by Biostar ♦♦ 20 • written 5.7 years ago by Ashwini Patil70
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EagleEye6.6k wrote:

Sorry I did not understand your question properly. It will be nice, If you can explain it in more. You can have a look at this.

Calculating Rpkm From Rsem Using Tcga Rnaseqv2 Level3 Data

Note: If the data have huge level of variations. It is always good to log-transform the data for better visualization. 


ADD COMMENTlink written 5.7 years ago by EagleEye6.6k

I want to know if the RSEM values obtained from TCGA (.rsem.genes.normalized_results) can be used directly for heatmap after log transformation. Should the RSEM values be covered to transcripts per million (TPM)? Should it be also normalized across samples (if so how)? It is difficult to get this information from the TCGA wiki link (

ADD REPLYlink written 5.7 years ago by Ashwini Patil70

The values are already normalized but for visualization you can use log2(rsemvalue+1) and plot the heatmap. 

ADD REPLYlink written 5.7 years ago by komal.rathi3.6k

Thanks guys! That helped. My original approach was to remove all values that were < 1. But log2(rsemvalue+1) also sounds reasonable.

For plotting the heatmap R Heatmaps: Non-Linear Mapping Between Colors And Values this post helped a lot.

ADD REPLYlink written 5.7 years ago by Ashwini Patil70
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