[BioC] normalizing with different RNAdeg slopes

James W. MacDonald jmacdon at med.umich.edu
Thu Apr 20 22:09:36 CEST 2006

Hi Tarun,

Tarun Nayar wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm dealing with a number of human lymphoma samples, some of which
> have been in freezer storage for up to 20 years. The samples have
> been run on HGU133Aplus2 chips, and have a wide range of 5' to 3'
> slopes (as determined by the RNAdeg function), ranging from 3.8 to
> 9.5.
> My understanding is that normalizing chips with such a wide range of 
> slopes could lead to innacuracies downstream.
> 1) Are these slopes too different to allow for the chips to be 
> normalized together?

It's possible, but I find that the density plots tend to dictate better
how well things will normalize. What do those look like?

> 2) if not, how would one go about working around these slope 
> differences? Our PI is dead set on extracting any info possible from 
> these 'rare' samples.

I would run RMA or GCRMA on the data, and then do a PCA plot to see how 
replicates are grouping. Clusters of replicated samples usually indicate 
that samples are (in general) fairly similar, whereas widely dispersed 
replicate samples usually indicate that there is a lot of variability 
that may not be biological in nature.



> many thanks
> Tarun Nayar Genome Sciences Centre Vancouver, BC
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James W. MacDonald, M.S.
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