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OUTRIDER: A statistical method for detecting aberrantly expressed genes in RNA sequencing data.

Am. J. Hum. Genet. 103, 907-917 (2018)
Copyright © 2018 American Society of Human Genetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) is gaining popularity as a complementary assay to genome sequencing for precisely identifying the molecular causes of rare disorders. A powerful approach is to identify aberrant gene expression levels as potential pathogenic events. However, existing methods for detecting aberrant read counts in RNA-seq data either lack assessments of statistical significance, so that establishing cutoffs is arbitrary, or rely on subjective manual corrections for confounders. Here, we describe OUTRIDER (Outlier in RNA-Seq Finder), an algorithm developed to address these issues. The algorithm uses an autoencoder to model read-count expectations according to the gene covariation resulting from technical, environmental, or common genetic variations. Given these expectations, the RNA-seq read counts are assumed to follow a negative binomial distribution with a gene-specific dispersion. Outliers are then identified as read counts that significantly deviate from this distribution. The model is automatically fitted to achieve the best recall of artificially corrupted data. Precision-recall analyses using simulated outlier read counts demonstrated the importance of controlling for covariation and significance-based thresholds. OUTRIDER is open source and includes functions for filtering out genes not expressed in a dataset, for identifying outlier samples with too many aberrantly expressed genes, and for detecting aberrant gene expression on the basis of false-discovery-rate-adjusted p values. Overall, OUTRIDER provides an end-to-end solution for identifying aberrantly expressed genes and is suitable for use by rare-disease diagnostic platforms.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Aberrant Gene Expression ; Normalization ; Outlier Detection ; Rare Disease ; Rna Sequencing; Differential Expression; Transcriptome; Impact
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0002-9297
e-ISSN 1537-6605
Zeitschrift American Journal of Human Genetics, The
Quellenangaben Band: 103, Heft: 6, Seiten: 907-917 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Elsevier ; Cell Press
Verlagsort New York, NY
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