Question: calculate p-value/q-value use fpkm - RNA-Seq
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6 months ago by
AnneC0 wrote:

Hello everyone!

We got an excel file containing gene and fpkm, how could I get significant DEG by using fpkm?

The data is from RNA-Seq. We have 3 replication for control and case.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 6 months ago by Kevin Blighe41k • written 6 months ago by AnneC0

Can't you get read counts instead of fpkms? Popular and reliable software for DEG analysis work with raw read counts.

ADD REPLYlink written 6 months ago by grant.hovhannisyan1.5k
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6 months ago by
Kevin Blighe41k
Kevin Blighe41k wrote:

Regarding differential expression analysis and FPKM, please read these:

You should abandon RPKM / FPKM. They are not ideal where cross-sample differential expression analysis is your aim; indeed, they render samples incomparable via differential expression analysis:

Please read this: A comprehensive evaluation of normalization methods for Illumina high-throughput RNA sequencing data analysis

The Total Count and RPKM [FPKM] normalization methods, both of which are still widely in use, are ineffective and should be definitively abandoned in the context of differential analysis.

Also, by Harold Pimental: What the FPKM? A review of RNA-Seq expression units

The first thing one should remember is that without between sample normalization (a topic for a later post), NONE of these units are comparable across experiments. This is a result of RNA-Seq being a relative measurement, not an absolute one.


You should aim to obtain the raw counts for your dataset of interest and then reprocess these using a normalisation strategy that is more amenable to differential expression (like those implemented in DESeq2, EdgeR, and Limma in R Programming Language).

You will not find much advice for conducting statistical comparisons on FPKM data in Excel on this forum, but I could be proved incorrect on that.


ADD COMMENTlink modified 6 months ago • written 6 months ago by Kevin Blighe41k

Thanks very much for your advice, Kevin!

ADD REPLYlink written 6 months ago by AnneC0
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