Question: RNASeq fold change analysis after subtraction of contaminating MEF signal
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11 months ago by
gpalidwor0 wrote:

I have a set of Mouse RNASeq data for various points of a differentiation time series, with replicates. A known fraction of the cells in each sample are Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts (MEFs), that fraction varies quite a bit per sample. I have expression data for a pure MEF sample grown under similar conditions.

I'd like to do a fold change analysis between time points, subtracting the MEF expression contamination in such a way that the resulting increased variance per gene is factored into the fold change analysis.

It seems it may be possible to do it within DESeq2 or using svaseq but I can't figure out how. Can anyone recommend a strategy for doing this; I'm really not clear on how to approach it.


(note this is a crosspost from Biostars, as I wasn't able to get a solution there)

ADD COMMENTlink modified 11 months ago by Michael Love18k • written 11 months ago by gpalidwor0
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11 months ago by
Michael Love18k
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Michael Love18k wrote:

Hi, when you say you have known fraction, do you mean you can give a measured, numeric value for each sample? Or just that you know that some amount will be MEF but you don't know that amount.

ADD COMMENTlink written 11 months ago by Michael Love18k

By "known fraction" I mean I can give a measured numeric value for each sample based on the number of cells. 


ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by gpalidwor0

So you could put it in the model as a numeric covariate (you don't do anything special just put it in the design). This however assumes the relationship with expression is log linear (so linear with log expression). You probably want linear with expression though. You can try transforming the MEF variable before putting it in the design, if you expect a certain relationship.

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by Michael Love18k

Thanks! I'll give it a try and post this reply on Biostars.

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by gpalidwor0
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