reactome.db is best described, I believe, as simply a bioc rendering
of Reactome's sql database -- Marc, please correct me if I am wrong.
There is thus a data representation obstacle when using reactome.db:
molecular relations are described, with pathway/gene mappings not so
easy to get at.
In addition, and despite Reactome's many strengths, its coverage is
incomplete. The canonical wnt pathway, for instance, is (at my last
check) not included.
If you have a list of geneIDs, exploratory analysis can usefully start
out with both GO enrichment, KEGG enrichment, and GSEA. Though the
information in KEGG.db has not been updated in a couple of years, the
information there is still very useful for exploratory data analysis.
Any enrichments you discover using these assorted gene/ctaegory
associations may lead you to a close study of particular functions or
pathways, and it is this point that you may wish to get the latest and
most specific information via KEGGREST and Reactome (and, with our
next release) the new PSICQUIC package (see
I hope this helps. Let us know if it falls short, or if new
On Sep 9, 2013, at 7:53 AM, Enrico Ferrero wrote:
> Dear list,
> Can anybody suggest how to perform a simple pathway enrichment
> analysis starting from a list of gene IDs?
> I know about the gage and ROntoTools packages that use KEGGREST to
> retrieve an up to date version of the KEGG database, but, as far as
> understand, they require a microarray experiment as input (or at
> fold changes and pvalues).
> Since this time around I'm not starting from a microarray experiment
> but I just have a gene list, I'm looking for a way to perform
> enrichment analysis using a simple numerical method such as Fisher's
> hypergeometric test.
> I know the Category package still provides a KEGGHyperG class (which
> would be perfect!), but the results are based on the outdated
> of KEGG (via KEGG.db, I guess).
> Are there any good alternatives available out there? Would it be
> possible to use reactome.db in conjunction with the Category/GOstats
> functions for example?
> Thank you!
> Enrico Ferrero
> Department of Genetics
> Cambridge Systems Biology Centre
> University of Cambridge
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