Question: Correlate phenotype and gene expression data
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2.6 years ago by
S_B_P0 wrote:

I have experimental quantitative data of an immune phenotype (as a continuous variable) for 7 inbred mouse strains. From Immunological genome project, I have obtained raw data for immune cell gene expression, from which I can calculate gene expression differences across any pair of mouse strains. From the 7 pairs of strains, I generate C(7,2) = 21 possible pairs. For each of the 21 pairs, I calculate the difference in phenotype (expressed as absolute difference or ratio). From the same set of 21 pairs I generate gene expression differences for each pair. How can I correlate the 21 'phenotype' measures and 21 'gene-expression' measures to come up with a potential list of genes that could be associated with the phenotype ? Is there a statistical method or gene set enrichment tool that can pick up quantitative differences in groups of gene sets such as this ?

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Jean-Karim Heriche21k wrote:

I don't see where you're going with computing all these pairs.
Identifying the genes contributing to the phenotype can be seen as a regression problem. You want to regress your phenotype Y on a linear combination of the gene levels Xi. See for example this paper. For this, you would use the strains as individuals.

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