Question: which annotation I should for RNA-seq? Ensembl, UCSC or refseq?
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gravatar for bxia
3.5 years ago by
bxia140
bxia140 wrote:

Does it really matter?

I took a look of the annotation file, they looked very different...

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.5 years ago by Denise - Open Targets5.0k • written 3.5 years ago by bxia140
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Which organism are you working with ?

If they looked very different, other than the naming conventions of genes/chromosomes, don't you think it matters ?

ADD REPLYlink modified 3.5 years ago • written 3.5 years ago by geek_y10.0k
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gravatar for Denise - Open Targets
3.5 years ago by
UK, Hinxton, EMBL-EBI
Denise - Open Targets5.0k wrote:

It's not surprising the annotation files are different. They are independent projects annotating the same assembly (e.g. GRCh38 in human, GRCm38 in mouse) but relying on different methodologies for calling genes and transcripts. In Ensembl, the annotation needs to be supported by biological evidence (mRNA, EST, protein, RNASeq reads). Ab initio predictions are not listed in the annotation file whereas you may have some predicted transcripts in the RefSeq set (those based on XM or XP entries). The Ensembl annotation is the Gencode annotation, a merge between automatically annotated genes with manually annotated genes by HAVANA. The latter collaborates with labs/other groups to experimentally validate some of their transcripts (see Howald et al) and to include pseudogene annotation from Yale (see these slides).

ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by Denise - Open Targets5.0k
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An important clarification is that this mostly applies to human and mouse. The annotation sources may vary widely for other species.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by igor8.8k
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gravatar for Steven Lakin
3.5 years ago by
Steven Lakin1.4k
Fort Collins, CO, USA
Steven Lakin1.4k wrote:

Choose whichever is the most up to date for the organism that you're studying; for the popular model organisms, it won't matter, but for more rarely studied organisms, it will depend on which database is the most up to date for that model.

ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by Steven Lakin1.4k
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gravatar for Antonio R. Franco
3.5 years ago by
Spain. Universidad de Córdoba
Antonio R. Franco4.2k wrote:

Yes, it matters, but only in a reduced set of genes that are being differentially annotated among the different platforms

It has been recently published a paper about it, but I cannot find it right now. Sorry

ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by Antonio R. Franco4.2k
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Would it be this one by Zhao & Zhang?

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by Denise - Open Targets5.0k

Yes, it is the same paper

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by Antonio R. Franco4.2k
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