need some help on how to use DESeq2 for TCGA data
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Leo • 0

Hello, I am sorry for this newbie question, but I spent all morning trying to find it out but can't find a clear answer anywhere.

I want to normalise RNA seq data from TCGA using DESeq2. I use the TCGA-Assembler R package to download RNA seq data using array platform: "gene_RNAseq" which gives an excel with raw_count and scaled_estimate for each patient sample and gene. Should I use the "ProcessRNASeqData" function from the TCGA-Assembler package or just go with the excel file given by the "DownloadRNASeqData" function?

Then before I can start using DESeq2, I have to create a count matrix. How do I do this? Does anyone perhaps have any code ready that I can use for this type of data?

I really would appreciate any help because I have no idea how to continue. Thanks!

edit: read somewhere that I should download "illuminahiseq_rnaseqv2-RSEM_genes_normalized (MD5)" from firehose. how can I convert this data so I can use it for DESeq2?

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In this repository, I provide R code to download bladder cancer data from TCGA (TCGA-BLCA) using the package TCGABiolinks and then used DESeq2 to analyze the data. If you want to give it a try, just replace "TCGA-BLCA" with your cancer of interest TCGA abbreviation.

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Hamid Ghaedi , the repository you provided has really been helpful. however, I have problem with this syntax write.csv(res_df, file= paste0(resultsNames(dds)[2], ".csv") initially I corrected it by adding a close bracket. But then, after running the code, I got this as saved file

I ran this before the write.csv

df <- ensid_symbol(row.names(res_output))


result_df <- as.data.frame(res_output)
result_df\$ensembl_gene_id <- row.names(result_df) result_df <- merge(df,result_df, by = "ensembl_gene_id") resOrdered<-result_df[with(result_df, order(abs(log2FoldChange), padj, decreasing = TRUE)), ]

I have tried all I can but it seems am not getting solution. is there something am doing wrong?

kindly assist

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Jakpa Thanks for mentioning the closing bracket :). Can you change the values you have passed to alpha= (let's set this as 0.1) and/or lfcThreshold = (let's set this as 0.5) in the following chunk in your code? Then run the code and inspect the result

res <- results(dds, alpha = 0.05,  altHypothesis = "greaterAbs", lfcThreshold = 1.5) # alpha controls FDR rate

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Hamid Ghaedi , Thank you for your response. But, its still same output. i.e, empty rows

I couldnt figure the reason:)

any suggestion?

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Then open a new question and provide all the code you are using, and you will get feedback.

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Leo, do not delete posts that have received feedback.

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Barry Digby ★ 1.0k

Here is a .Rmd file for downloading miRNA, mRNA expression from TCGA-PRAD and downstream DESeq2 analysis using TCGA-Biolinks, which should do what you need. Take the parts you need and substitute in your cancer of interest at the biolinks step.

A cautionary tale: you will be missing ~10% of the ~60,000 genes (the same happens with firehose)..