After WGCNA analysis: Gene regulatory Network ?
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5.4 years ago
Gabin ▴ 20

Dear all,

I am analyzing a microarray dataset composed by 32 samples and 50.000 genes. My goal is to create some gene networks, more precisely, I want to know the interaction type between genes (activation/inhibition for example)

I found some interesting modules using the WGCNA package. In each module, genes are more or less highly connected and I want to discover the nature of this connection.

Working on each module separately to build one gene regulatory network by module was my idea.

The question is : Is this method biologically or mathematically relevant ?

Thanking you in advance.

Best regards

Gabin Pierlot

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5.4 years ago

You could check for biological relevance by performing enrichment analysis (e.g. Enrichr, webgestalt, gorilla, panther) on the obtained clusters.

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ofisher • 0

To identify modules that may be of more relevance, after identifying them (currently under review) we recently performed enrichment analysis to see if the modules made biologic sense. In our case they did and we then went on to characterizing the networks with highest biologic relevance to our study.

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ivivek_ngs ★ 5.1k

There are different ways to do a network analysis. Most viable way is to do GSEA as others are suggesting to find a meaning biological modules from the given modules of WCGNA. What you can do is take each module make the GO enrichment analysis or any standard pathway analysis and then try to score the pathways based on p-value or FDR values and try to find the top pathways that are of convergent biological sense to your phenotype or experimental design. If it does then you can use any Cytoscape to create the network visualization for that module that is at the highest priority with significant p or FDR value giving you better biological relevance.

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