Question: Empty ENSEMBL gene annotations
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3.8 years ago by
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emblake50 wrote:

I'm using to annotatate ENSEMBL gene IDs from a read counts matrix, and after my list is created, I have ~3700 that have 'NA' for the annotation. If I keep these unannotated genes, perform DE testing in edgeR, and retrieve my topTags, I see quite a few of the unannotated genes in this list. Some of these genes are lincRNA (ENSG00000205959, ENSG00000260743, etc.) pseudogenes (ENSG00000236297, ENSG00000232901, etc), and antisense RNA (ENSG00000267734).

How do I deal with these genes? Should I filter to remove any genes that do not have annotations prior to normalization and DE testing or should I leave these in the analysis? Obviously, it makes adding annotations and generating figures cleaner, but I'm not sure what the convention is. Thanks.

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ADD COMMENTlink written 3.8 years ago by emblake50

They're just that, unannotated. I'd keep them, may represent novel findings.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.8 years ago by pld4.8k

Thanks. I figured as much, but I've seen research removing data that doesn't contain official gene symbols: Just curious what the consensus is on this type of filtering.

ADD REPLYlink modified 3.8 years ago • written 3.8 years ago by emblake50
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