Question: Low Fpkm Values From Cufflinks ?
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geek_y9.9k wrote:

I have aligned my data ( paired end RNA-SEQ ) to genome ( Hg 19 - ensemble ) using tophat2 and with a GTF file and default options. When I give the same referance GTF file and accepted_hits.bam to cufflinks ( v2.1.1 ), the isoform.fpkm_tracking file has FPKM values of range 1.66072e-316 for some of the transcripts. Is it normal ? Can we consider them as less abundant transcripts and move on with downstream analysis ?

cufflinks command is

cufflinks -o outdir -p 5 -G ref.gtf sample.bam
ADD COMMENTlink modified 5.7 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 81k • written 5.7 years ago by geek_y9.9k
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Istvan Albert ♦♦ 81k
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Istvan Albert ♦♦ 81k wrote:

A number that small is bound to be an artifact of computation - for most intents and purposes the abundance of that is zero.

ADD COMMENTlink written 5.7 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 81k

I agree - in fact, low coverage genes tend to yield unreasonably high fold-change values, so I use log2(RPKM + 0.1) for analysis (although that is not to say values less than 0.1 are technically problematic).

Here is a paper with a more detailed explanation:

The paper also includes some benchmarks with other algorithms, which is emphasized more here:

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