Question: miRNA-Gene Interaction P-Values
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3.5 years ago by
ilikebing200050 wrote:

Hi everybody,

I searched about 'miRNA-Gene Interaction' Databases through the web to find : A database which each of it's record specifies a miRNA-Gene interaction with the respective p-value of that! I found some sort of it like TarBase, but their weren't what i look for.

Do you know any databases which I can give them a list of miRNAs and the database give me all of the genes which have interaction with the given miRNAs with the respective p-value?


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.5 years ago by Ahill1.9k • written 3.5 years ago by ilikebing200050

If you are thinking of statistical significance for predicted miRNA targets, I think you will be disappointed. The error rates of such prediction methods are high and I would not expect that an individual prediction would ever be statistically significant (not because the methods are bad, it is just a hard problem).

ADD REPLYlink modified 3.5 years ago • written 3.5 years ago by Lars Juhl Jensen11k
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Ahill1.9k wrote:

TargetScan provides a database of miRNA-gene interactions including a pCT statistic for the interactions. For human, downloadable from here:

ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by Ahill1.9k


Is the concept of P_CT (Probability of Conserved Targeting) similar to p-value (Probability Value in Hypothesis Testing)?

ADD REPLYlink modified 3.5 years ago • written 3.5 years ago by ilikebing200050

Apparently no. The authors say "[the pCT] reflected the Bayesian estimate of the probability that a site is conserved due to selective maintenance of miRNA targeting rather than by chance or any other reason not pertinent to miRNA targeting". So this is definitely not a type I error measure like a traditional p-value. Higher pCT values represent higher confidence sites. Authors do describe pCT as 1 - FDR for predicting "biologically conserved target sites". I would read the methods section in this paper: for details.

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