Question: RSEM RNAseq - comparison between samples
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17 months ago by
snoopy840 wrote:


I have RSEM data from TCGA.

Is this the same as TPM? Can I compare the expression of two different genes within the same sample?

Thanks for your help, sorry if this a basic question.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 17 months ago by Michele Busby1.9k • written 17 months ago by snoopy840
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17 months ago by
Michele Busby1.9k
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Michele Busby1.9k wrote:

If it's RSEM from the archive version of TCGA then there is a field in there which is similar to TPM.

See this entry:

Interpreting TCGA .rsem.genes.results and .rsem.genes.normalized_results files.

If someone ran RSEM more recently and you got that data from them then there is probably something like TPM in there somewhere.

Since TPM is normalized for gene length it is fair to compare two different genes from the same sample.

BUT there are some caveats. Different genes get quantified differently, i.e. due to different GC content or length so small differences should be considered "ehhh" even if they are statistically significant because the bias is expected to be systematic. Huge differences, like a 10X fold change should be reliable.

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