Question: Determining Replicates For Deseq?
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6.5 years ago by
Deena250
Canada
Deena250 wrote:

Hello, I am relatively new to RNA-Seq data analysis so I apologize in advance if this is a novice question. I have been reading several forums on the subject and I think I have the general idea, but I would be happy to get advice from the experts.

I have RNA-Seq data for multiple samples of a specific cancer. Previously from Gene Expression analysis (on Illumina platforms) the lab ran before I arrived, we have learned in that this cancer can be divided into 3 subgroups (1,2,3). I would like to find the list of differentially expressed genes between RNA-Seq samples pertaining to subgroups 2 and 3, using DESeq.

I am somewhat confused here as to what I should consider as my 'biological replicates', or whether I should not consider replicates at all for my analysis.

For each of the subgroups, I only have one sample per patient. So the scenario looks like this:

Subgroup 2: Sample A, Sample B, Sample C, Sample D

Subgroup 3: Sample X, Sample Y, Sample Z, Sample F, Sample W

In this case, should I consider that Samples A,B,C,D are all biological replicates of Subgroup 2, and Samples X,Y,Z,F,W as biological replicates of Subgroup3? Each of the samples in the subgroup pertains to a different patient, and there is no control sample for each patient (and in this case, no pairing between my samples).

If I am to consider this scenario, any advice on the DESeq parameters? Right now I am just running the defaults as appears in the vignette.

The alternative is to consider that I don't have any replicates and run the two groups. So the DESeq for calculating dispersions would be like this:

cds = estimateDispersions( cds, method="blind", sharingMode="fit-only", fitType="local" )

I have tried both scenarios. In the case where I don't consider any replicates at all, I have ended up with a much larger number of differentially expressed genes at p<0.1 (1380 as opposed to 92).

Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you in advance! Deena

ADD COMMENTlink modified 6.5 years ago • written 6.5 years ago by Deena250
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6.5 years ago by
Deena250
Canada
Deena250 wrote:

I have also posted this in Seqanswers and received an answer, being followed-up on: http://seqanswers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28558

Hopefully it may be useful to others.

ADD COMMENTlink written 6.5 years ago by Deena250

Interesting never even knew that there was a package called DESeq2

ADD REPLYlink written 6.5 years ago by Sudeep1.6k
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