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RNA-seq vs dual- and single-channel microarray data: sensitivity analysis for differential expression and clustering

Sîrbu, Alina and Kerr, Gráinne and Crane, Martin and Ruskin, Heather J. (2012) RNA-seq vs dual- and single-channel microarray data: sensitivity analysis for differential expression and clustering. PLoS ONE, 7 (12). e50986. ISSN 1932-6203

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With the fast development of high-throughput sequencing technologies, a new generation of genome-wide gene expression measurements is under way. This is based on mRNA sequencing (RNA-seq), which complements the already mature technology of microarrays, and is expected to overcome some of the latter’s disadvantages. These RNA-seq data pose new challenges, however, as strengths and weaknesses have yet to be fully identified. Ideally, Next (or Second) Generation Sequencing measures can be integrated for more comprehensive gene expression investigation to facilitate analysis of whole regulatory networks. At present, however, the nature of these data is not very well understood. In this paper we study three alternative gene expression time series datasets for the Drosophila melanogaster embryo development, in order to compare three measurement techniques: RNA-seq, single-channel and dual-channel microarrays. The aim is to study the state of the art for the three technologies, with a view of assessing overlapping features, data compatibility and integration potential, in the context of time series measurements. This involves using established tools for each of the three different technologies, and technical and biological replicates (for RNA-seq and microarrays, respectively), due to the limited availability of biological RNA-seq replicates for time series data. The approach consists of a sensitivity analysis for differential expression and clustering. In general, the RNA-seq dataset displayed highest sensitivity to differential expression. The single-channel data performed similarly for the differentially expressed genes common to gene sets considered. Cluster analysis was used to identify different features of the gene space for the three datasets, with higher similarities found for the RNA-seq and single-channel microarray dataset.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Drosophila melanogaster; NGS; Microarrays
Subjects:Biological Sciences > Bioinformatics
Mathematics > Mathematical models
Mathematics > Statistics
Computer Science > Artificial intelligence
Physical Sciences > Statistical physics
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Scientific Computing and Complex Systems Modelling (Sci-Sym)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Publisher:PLoS Org
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:IRCSET EMBARK, (IST-FET) of the European Commission under the EU RD contract IST-265432.
ID Code:20585
Deposited On:26 May 2015 11:55 by Martin Crane. Last Modified 24 Feb 2017 12:57

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