Question: Selection of hub gene on the basis of node degree
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21 months ago by
University of Hyderabad
Santosh0 wrote:

I have 189 nodes (including up- and down-regulated genes and other genes) with edges 1157 in my network using Cytoscape v.3.6.0. My network has a maximum node degree 40 and minimum node degree 1. my question is that up to what node degree should I select a gene for hub gene? my network in gene co-expression network.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 21 months ago by Rasoul Godini0 • written 21 months ago by Santosh0

I think the hub concept applies especially well to a protein-protein interaction network, where you have "sticky" proteins, ubiquitins, plymerases, histones, GNGs that are in some cases associated to a lot of other proteins. A co-expression network doesn't necessarily have hubs. 40 connections in particular are not so many for a protein network. In practice, you can plot the distribution of the degree in your network and if you see a local maximum in the high end you can set an empirical threshold there, but it really depends on the kind of biological question you're trying to answer.

ADD REPLYlink modified 21 months ago • written 21 months ago by Martombo2.6k

I guess you are already familiar with functionally important genes in the context. Look for the number of degrees for those genes. Again it is up to you and data to select these important genes. Take the average of these degrees as your cutoff.

For eg. let us assume that there 180 genes in the list and you know (from literature and validated experiments) 10 genes are important. Look at the degrees they have. Take the average and use that as cut off and be conservative in cut-offs.

ADD REPLYlink modified 21 months ago • written 21 months ago by cpad011212k
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Rasoul Godini0 wrote:

hi As far as I know, this is arbitrary. You can select top 10 or 5 percent nodes based degree.

ADD COMMENTlink written 21 months ago by Rasoul Godini0
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