Question: Deseq2: Time series experiment with 2 conditions and 5 time points
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2.4 years ago by
Pretoria, South Africa
stan50 wrote:

Hi all,

I have done a time series analysis using the steps outlined below and I got differentially expressed genes showing a condition-specific effect (according to the example at

> sampleTable<-data.frame(sampleName=sampleFiles, fileName=sampleFiles, condition=sampleCondition, time=time)
> sampleTable$condition <- relevel(sampleTable$condition, "Valor")
> sampleTable$time <- factor(sampleTable$time, levels=c("0","6","12","24","72"))
> ddsHTSeq<-DESeqDataSetFromHTSeqCount(sampleTable=sampleTable, directory=directory, design=~condition + time + condition:time)

> ddsTS2 <- DESeq(ddsHTSeq, test="LRT", reduced = ~ condition:time)

> resultsNames(ddsTS1)
 [1] "Intercept"              "condition_BP1_vs_Valor" "time_6_vs_0"           
 [4] "time_12_vs_0"           "time_24_vs_0"           "time_72_vs_0"          
 [7] "conditionBP1.time6"     "conditionBP1.time12"    "conditionBP1.time24"   
[10] "conditionBP1.time72"

> summary(resTS1)

out of 1840 with nonzero total read count
adjusted p-value < 0.1
LFC > 0 (up)     : 138, 7.5%
LFC < 0 (down)   : 113, 6.1%
outliers [1]     : 4, 0.22%
low counts [2]   : 0, 0%
(mean count < 0.2)

But now I am interested in picking the differential genes between the 2 conditions at each time-point, how do I get these? which contrast should i use specifically and which elements from my resultsNames(ddsTS1) output. i checked ?results but still not sure whether to use the condition effect or the interaction effect?

many thanks,


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 7 months ago by deni.ribicic0 • written 2.4 years ago by stan50
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2.4 years ago by
Pretoria, South Africa
stan50 wrote:

So, I found the answer for my question in one of the Deseq2 threads at the bioconductor support forum, a nice explanation is given and the thread is found here: incase it might be of use to someone else.

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7 months ago by
deni.ribicic0 wrote:

Hi Stan,

This is a bit late reply, but I am facing actually the same problem. So the answer is basically to separate your time-points and test each and every on certain condition? This seems to be tedious especially if you have a lot of time points!

Cheers, Deni

ADD COMMENTlink written 7 months ago by deni.ribicic0

Hi Deni, i doubt doing so will give you pairwise comparisons between the two conditions? perhaps i am missing something in your statement. The answers provided in the link above worked fine for me. Cheers Stan

ADD REPLYlink written 6 months ago by stan50

I guess you misunderstood what I tried to say, or I haven't explain myself well. Basically I want to test whether there is difference in my microbial community composition between different treatments in a time-series. So i have oil incubation over the period of 64 days. I have sampled at day 0, 3, 6, 9, 13, 16, 32 and 64. What I want to see is whether there is difference at each time-point between oil incubation and control. I was hoping to do it at once, but I could not find a solution for that. So my approach would be to "separate" each day and then do the testing control vs oil incubation basically on 8 different dataframes. Thanks for the response Deni

ADD REPLYlink written 5 months ago by deni.ribicic0
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