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BMC Bioinformatics. 2006 Nov 20;7:509.

CoXpress: differential co-expression in gene expression data.

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Informatics Group, Institute for Animal Health, Compton, Newbury, Berks RG20 7NN, UK. michael.watson@bbsrc.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Traditional methods of analysing gene expression data often include a statistical test to find differentially expressed genes, or use of a clustering algorithm to find groups of genes that behave similarly across a dataset. However, these methods may miss groups of genes which form differential co-expression patterns under different subsets of experimental conditions. Here we describe coXpress, an R package that allows researchers to identify groups of genes that are differentially co-expressed.

RESULTS:

We have developed coXpress as a means of identifying groups of genes that are differentially co-expressed. The utility of coXpress is demonstrated using two publicly available microarray datasets. Our software identifies several groups of genes that are highly correlated under one set of biologically related experiments, but which show little or no correlation in a second set of experiments. The software uses a re-sampling method to calculate a p-value for each group, and provides several methods for the visualisation of differentially co-expressed genes.

CONCLUSION:

coXpress can be used to find groups of genes that display differential co-expression patterns in microarray datasets.

PMID:
17116249
PMCID:
PMC1660556
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2105-7-509
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