Question: Differential isoform expression analyses
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4.1 years ago by
rmf980 wrote:

For gene-level differential expression analysis, one can use gene ontology or such databases to obtain functions of genes and then cluster genes by function which helps to make sense of the differentially expressed genes and link it to fitness assays or functional work.

I have results from RSEM. I have a bunch of isoforms that go up and down. I was wondering what sort of interesting things I could do with that information. Are there databases for isoforms? full transcripts? My question is basically what are the potential downstream workflow after differential transcript/isoform expression analyses?


ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.5 years ago by kristoffer.vittingseerup3.4k • written 4.1 years ago by rmf980

I don't know of any real databases that make use of isoform level information, however I do like seeing genes that are not differentially expressed between conditions, against their child isoforms that are differentially expressed. It acts as a nice illustration that we're missing things when analysing at the gene level.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.1 years ago by andrew.j.skelton736.0k

If you're interested in pre-mrna splicing, you can figure out what type of splicing events lead to the over- or under-expression of certain genes. Is there any evidence of aberrant splicing that leads of NMD? Or just simply summarize the isoforms at gene-level and do a functional cluster with GO or GSEA.

If you're in fact interested in splicing, instead of isoforms, I would personally focus more on the expressions of spliced junctions and/or exons.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.1 years ago by Eric Lim1.7k
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ssv.bio190 wrote:

A few... 1) Transcript switching 2) Cassette exons (if any) 3) Alternate splicing (if any) 4) Effect on structure or development (effect of point 1)

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.1 years ago by ssv.bio190
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kristoffer.vittingseerup3.4k wrote:

If you are interested in isoform switches a potential tool could be IsoformSwitchAnalyzeR ( ) which directly parses RSEM (count) data output (also supports Cufflinks/Cuffdiff,Kallisto and Salmon) and enables identification of isoform switches with predicted functional consequences where the consequences can be chosen from a long list but includes protein domains etc.

ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by kristoffer.vittingseerup3.4k

This tool seems promising and I would ask the OP to give it a try.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by ivivek_ngs5.0k
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4.1 years ago by
Manvendra Singh2.1k
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Manvendra Singh2.1k wrote:

Differential Isoform expression is consequence of Alternate splicing If the overall expression of gene is not changing but isoform expression is differential then its the case isoform switch in your case.

you can perform gene set enrichment analysis to see if alternatively spliced transcripts are part of specific pathways


ADD COMMENTlink written 4.1 years ago by Manvendra Singh2.1k

How do you do a gse with transcripts? Or did you mean to do the gse on the genes that the transcript is derived from?

ADD REPLYlink written 4.1 years ago by rmf980
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Satyajeet Khare1.6k
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Satyajeet Khare1.6k wrote:

I would add alternative promoter usage and alternative polyadenylation to the list. However, whether changes in isoform expression suggest alternative RNA processing or not, is tricky as all isoforms of single gene need to analyzed for relative differential expression. Instead, you can just extract gene IDs from isoform IDs and perform differential expression analysis as usual.

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.1 years ago by Satyajeet Khare1.6k
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