Question: Mapping Genes To Pathway
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8.0 years ago by
Dataminer2.6k wrote:


I have a set of gene identifiers(RefSeq) and I want to know the pathways in which these genes are present along with some statistical score.

Any suggestions for tools.

Thank you

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ADD COMMENTlink written 8.0 years ago by Dataminer2.6k

You need to be more precise than "some statistical score". What statistical test did you have in mind? Maybe over-representation?

ADD REPLYlink written 8.0 years ago by Neilfws48k

P-value :) .......

ADD REPLYlink written 8.0 years ago by Dataminer2.6k

In my opinion GSEA is good enough and its upto an individual whether he opts for PathVisio or DAVID (depending upon the biological question one wants to tackle). The R package (gene2Pathway) and articles suggested by Shameer are also good enough.

ADD REPLYlink written 8.0 years ago by Dataminer2.6k
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8.0 years ago by
Manhattan, NY
Khader Shameer18k wrote:

I assume that you are looking at tools to perform pathway analysis / pathway enrichment. AFAIK, that's the only way you could get a score/p-value while assigning genes to pathway.

Sean's suggestion "DAVID/EASE" will be a good start. But I noticed that the pathway databases like KEGG, Panther, Reactome imported to DAVID system in 2009. I am sure that the original databases may have recent updates.

If you can do some ID conversions and use BioConductor you could try other tools like SubpathwayMiner, SPIA, gene2pathway etc. See this post for a detailed list of tools that can perform Pathway enrichment. Tools like SubpathwayMiner directly import pathway annotations from KEGG for your analysis. Thus you can assure that you are using up-to-date reference databases.

Also read this articles for a background on pathway analysis in various contexts:

ADD COMMENTlink modified 8.0 years ago • written 8.0 years ago by Khader Shameer18k

I did a KEGG pathway enrichment both manually and via DAVID recently, and found that DAVID had lost nearly half of the pathways. The last update of DAVID databases was in 2009, due to page I think that DAVID should not be recommended as time goes by.

ADD REPLYlink written 6.2 years ago by Ligaopeng20

Thanks Shameer.

ADD REPLYlink written 8.0 years ago by Dataminer2.6k

Is it still possible to map genes to KEGG pathways using gene2pathway or SubpathwayMiner? neither have been updated in like 5 years but I'm not sure if it matters

ADD REPLYlink written 3.6 years ago by joshf20
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8.0 years ago by
Sean Davis25k
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Sean Davis25k wrote:

I do not know of a "statistical score" associated with a gene being in a pathway. However, there are many pathway databases. This is a reasonable conglomeration of those available.. The DAVID/EASE system is a nice one for mapping genes to various gene sets including pathways.

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.0 years ago by Sean Davis25k
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7.8 years ago by
Robin Haw160
Robin Haw160 wrote:

The Reactome Pathway Analysis tool analyzes user-supplied lists of genes, proteins and small molecules and provides ID mapping, pathway assignment and overrepresentation analysis. In the Overrepresentation analysis mode, the Pathway Analysis tool takes a user-supplied set of gene or protein identifiers and performs a statistical test to determine whether any Reactome pathways are overrepresented (enriched) in the submitted data, i.e. it answers the question 'does the list represent the proteins within a specific pathway more than would be expected if the set were random?'. A one-tailed Fisher's exact test is used to calculate the probability.

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.8 years ago by Robin Haw160
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8.0 years ago by
Chris Evelo10.0k
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Chris Evelo10.0k wrote:

Ha... Didn't you work in the same room as the guys developing PathVisio?

PathVisio can do statistical analysis on PathWays both straightforward over representation analysis of more advanced (but often not really relevant, see some other pathway questions) gene set enrichment analysis. PathVisio has a plugin interface which you could use to add other types of analysis, if you don't mind to code them in Java.

It can use the pathway set available at WikiPathways, including the Reactome pathways (which are quite recent). It can also still can use the set of KEGG converted pathways that are available from the PathVisio download site.

RefSeq ID's and most others are fine for this since PathVisio uses BridgeDB to map the identifiers

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.0 years ago by Chris Evelo10.0k

Of course it is a good idea to always check what approaches are out there, even if you developed something yourself. If you already have collected part of the answer to a question yourself it is often a good idea to put that information into your question. It will encourage other people to share the extra things they know when you take away the need to describe the well-known.

ADD REPLYlink written 8.0 years ago by Chris Evelo10.0k

Yes, I did work in the same room but on a different project :) Initially, I was also thinking of using PathVisio but then came across GSEA ( and DAVID ( Hence, to know more about available options, I had posted this question. :)

ADD REPLYlink written 8.0 years ago by Dataminer2.6k

+1 for your suggestion. I will implement it right now.

ADD REPLYlink written 8.0 years ago by Dataminer2.6k
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