Question: Control gene size for gene enrichment study
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2.9 years ago by
michealsmith740
michealsmith740 wrote:

I would like to test if genes containing at least one transcription factor (say MEF2A) binding sites are enriched for certain category.

I could easily come up with a TF-containing-gene list by intersecting TF binding sites bed files with gene annotation bed files, and send for enrichment study.

But question is: if one gene is big, naturally it tends to be more likely to contain TF binding sites. So should I first control gene size?

So I should normalize by assigning one parameter to each gene as: (overlap size)/(gene size) ? And then sort and select say the top 200 or 500?

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ADD COMMENTlink written 2.9 years ago by michealsmith740
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Is the transcription factor more likely to be biologically relevant when bound to promoters? If that's true, you could just restrict the overlap to TSS+/- 1kb which would generate fragments of equal length.

ADD REPLYlink modified 2.9 years ago • written 2.9 years ago by jotan1.2k

No, the TF bind to everywhere, which are all biologically relevant.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.9 years ago by michealsmith740
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