Errors in chromosome annotation-biomaRt
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landenshanie ▴ 40
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I am using the newest version of the rat genome assembly version 8 to align my reads in an RNA-seq experiment. When I map my gene IDs to chromosome name in biomaRt a lot of the genes are wrongly annotated (for example Ddx3y is annotated to chromosome 13 when it should be chromosome Y, Xist is NA when it should be X, Dusp1 is NA and it should be chromosome 5, etc).

This is my code:

mart <- useMart(biomart = "ensembl", dataset = "rnorvegicus_gene_ensembl")

gene_ids <- rownames(dds)
biomart_anno <- getBM(attributes = c("entrezgene_description",
                                 filters = 'external_gene_name',
                                 values = gene_ids,
                                 mart = mart)

What is the best way to access the updated chromsomes annotations (different package, manual updated list?)?

Thanks Shanie biomaRt • 210 views
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Last seen 16 hours ago
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If you are just using HGNC symbols for the lookup, and you are trying to get NCBI IDs, then I wouldn't use biomaRt because it's based on Ensembl IDs, and you are doing a trans-annotation service mapping you should probably seek to avoid. Instead, you can use NCBI/UCSC based mappings.

> library(Rattus.norvegicus)
## default is rn5, so switch to rn7
> library(TxDb.Rnorvegicus.UCSC.rn7.refGene)
> TxDb(Rattus.norvegicus) <- TxDb.Rnorvegicus.UCSC.rn7.refGene
## map stuff
> select(Rattus.norvegicus, c("Xist","Dusp1","Ddx3y"), c("GENENAME","ENTREZID","SYMBOL", "TXCHROM"), "SYMBOL")
'select()' returned 1:1 mapping
between keys and columns
1   Xist 100911498
2  Dusp1    114856
3  Ddx3y 100312982
1 X inactive specific transcript
2 dual specificity phosphatase 1
3  DEAD box helicase 3, Y-linked
1    chrX
2   chr10
3    chrY

I should also point out that biomaRt just does a straight SQL type query, and there is no reason to expect that the order of your results will follow the inputs. So you should always ask for the input data (gene symbols in this case) to be returned as well, so you can reorder.

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Thank you, I ran your exact code and it correct for Xist, however Ddx3y is still wrongly annotated to chr13 and, like your results, Dusp1 is wrongly annotated to chr10 (should be 5). Moreover, I only get three genes annotated to the Y chromosome from my whole RNA-seq experiment.


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