Question: Can We Use Rnaseq Fpkm Values Derived From 18 Cellines And Run Gsea Analysis On It?
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5.7 years ago by
Hmm490 wrote:

I have 2 questions:

1) I have FPKM values for each cell line. How do i further normalize the results so that i can compare across cell lines. Do i do a zscore/robust zscore for each celline? 2) Has anyone ran GSEA software from the broad institute n RNAseq data and if yes, then is the input to GSEA the FPKM values?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5.7 years ago by Damian Kao15k • written 5.7 years ago by Hmm490
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Damian Kao15k
Damian Kao15k wrote:

To answer your first question, FPKM is already normalized in the sense that you've already divided by the total library size (and also by transcript length). Whether that's a good way of normalizing your reads is questionable. If you are comparing among cell lines, you really don't need to divide by transcript length as it is a technical bias that should be consistent in all your samples.

Other popular options would be to normalize your reads with DESeq's method or EdgeR's TMM method. Here is a good paper that describes several normalization methods:

Converting your normalized expression value to z-socre can be useful if you want to generate a nice heatmap or perform cluster analysis. However, you will lose information on the magnitude of gene expression with z-score. A gene going from 100 reads to 500 reads will have the same z-score as a gene going from 1000 reads to 5000 reads. Another option is to use variance stabilization method from the DESeq package.

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