README.md

DEBrowser:

Interactive Differential Expression Analysis Tool

Introduction

Differential expression (DE) analysis has become an increasingly popular tool in determining and viewing up and/or down experssed genes between two sets of samples. The goal of differential gene expression analysis is to find genes or transcripts whose difference in expression, when accounting for the variance within condition, is higher than expected by chance. DESeq2 is an R package available via Bioconductor and is designed to normalize count data from high-throughput sequencing assays such as RNA-Seq and test for differential expression (Love et al. 2014). With multiple parameters such as padjust values, log fold changes, plot styles, and so on, altering plots created with your DE data can be a hassle as well as time consuming. The Differential Expression Browser uses DESeq2 (Love et al., 2014), EdgeR (Robinson et al., 2010), and Limma (Ritchie et al., 2015) coupled with shiny (Chang, W. et al., 2016) to produce real-time changes within your plot queries and allows for interactive browsing of your DE results. In addition to DE analysis, DEBrowser also offers a variety of other plots and analysis tools to help visualize your data even further.

DEBrowser

DEBrowser utilizes Shiny, a R based application development tool that creates a wonderful interactive user interface (UI) combined with all of the computing prowess of R. After the user has selected the data to analyze and has used the shiny UI to run DESeq2, the results are then input to DEBrowser. DEBrowser manipulates your results in a way that allows for interactive plotting by which changing padj or fold change limits also changes the displayed graph(s). For more details about these plots and tables, please visit our quick start guide for some helpful tutorials.

For comparisons against other popular data visualization tools, see the comparison table below (Figure 40).

Quick start

Before you start;

First, you will have to install R and/or RStudio. (On Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS, these packages have to be installed; openssl-devel, libxml2-devel, libcurl-devel, libpng-devel) Running these simple commands will launch the DEBrowser within your local machine:

# Installation instructions:
# 1. Install DEBrowser and its dependencies by running the lines below
# in R or RStudio.

source(“https://www.bioconductor.org/biocLite.R”)

biocLite("debrowser")

# 2. Load the library

library(debrowser)

# 3. Start DEBrowser

startDEBrowser()

Browsing your Data

Data via TSV file

Once you have the DEBrowser running, a page will load asking to choose a TSV file or to load the demo data. In order to run DESeq2, we are going to need gene quantifications for genes contained in a tab-separated values (TSV) format. Gene quantifications table can be obtained running standard software like HTSeq (Anders,S. et al, 2014) or RSEM (Li and Dewey, 2011). The file values must contain the gene, transcript(s), and the sample raw count values you wish to enter into DEBrowser.

It's important to note that if your rows contain duplicate gene names, DEBrowser will reject your TSV file. Please try to keep unique gene names. A sample file looks like:

| gene | transcript | exper_rep1 | exper_rep2 | control_rep1 | control_rep2 | |----------|------------|------------|------------|--------------|--------------| | DQ714826 | uc007tfl.1 | 0.00 | 0.00 | 0.00 | 0.00 | | DQ551521 | uc008bml.1 | 0.00 | 0.00 | 0.00 | 0.00 | | AK028549 | uc011wpi.1 | 2.00 | 1.29 | 0.00 | 0.00 |

You can also view/use the demo data by clicking the 'Load Demo!' text as an example. For the case study demo data, feel free to download our case study demo files at https://bioinfo.umassmed.edu/pub/debrowser/advanced_demo.tsv or a simplified version https://bioinfo.umassmed.edu/pub/debrowser/simple_demo.tsv. Please also note that, DEBrowser reads the gene names from the first column and skips other non numerical columns and starts reading the quantification values from the 3rd column in this case.

Data via JSON objects

DEBrowser also accepts JSON objects via hyperlink by following a few conversion steps. First, using the API provided by Dolphin, we will convert a TSV file into a JSON object using this web api:

https://dolphin.umassmed.edu/public/api/

The Two parameters it accepts (and examples) are:

1. source=https://bioinfo.umassmed.edu/pub/debrowser/advanced_demo.tsv
2. format=JSON

Leaving you with a hyperlink for:

https://dolphin.umassmed.edu/public/api/?source=https://bioinfo.umassmed.edu/pub/debrowser/
advanced_demo.tsv&format=JSON

Next you will need to encode the URL so you can pass it to the DEBrowser website. You can find multiple URL encoders online, such as the one located at this web address: https://www.url-encode-decode.com/.

Encoding our URL will turn it into this:

https%3A%2F%2Fdolphin.umassmed.edu%2Fpublic%2Fapi%2F%3Fsource%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fbioinfo.umassmed.edu%2Fpub%2Fdebrowser%2F%0D%0Aadvanced_demo.tsv%26format%3DJSON

Now this link can be be used in debrowser as:

https://debrowser.umassmed.edu:444/debrowser/R/

It accepts two parameters:

1. jsonobject=https%3A%2F%2Fdolphin.umassmed.edu%2Fpublic%2Fapi%2F%3Fsource%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fbioinfo.umassmed.edu%2Fpub%2Fdebrowser%2F%0D%0Aadvanced_demo.tsv%26format%3DJSON
2. title=no

The finished product of the link will look like this:

https://debrowser.umassmed.edu:444/debrowser/R/?jsonobject=https%3A%2F%2Fdolphin.umassmed.edu%2Fpublic%2Fapi%2F%3Fsource%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fbioinfo.umassmed.edu%2Fpub%2Fdebrowser%2F%0D%0Aadvanced_demo.tsv%26format%3DJSON&title=no

Entering this URL into your web browser will automatically load in your data as a JSON object, allowing you to start browsing your data right away.

Batch Effect Corrections

In addition to the sample TSV file you will provide; you can also correct for batch effects or any other normalizing conditions you might want to address that might be within your results. To handle for these corrections, simply create a TSV file such as the one located below:

| sample | batch | condition | |----------|------------|------------| | s1_b1_cA | 1 | A | | s2_b1_cA | 1 | A | | s3_b2_cB | 2 | B | | s4_b2_cB | 2 | B | | s5_b1_cB | 1 | B |

This meta data file is custom made TSV created by the user and is used in order to establish different batch effects for multiple conditions. You can have as many conditions as you may require, as long as all of the samples are present. Once the TSV file has been loaded in along with your data TSV file, DEBrowser uses ComBat (part of the SVA bioconductor package) to adjust for possible batch effect or conditional biases. For more information about ComBat within the SVA package you can visit here: https://bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/vignettes/sva/inst/doc/sva.pdf.

To load in the specific file that contains the batch meta data, at the start of the DEBrowser there will be a "Choose Meta Data File (Optional)" which you can then select the batch meta data file to use for this analysis. Upon meta-data loading, you will then be able to select from a drop down box that will specify which condition column you want to use for analysis.

After obtaining and loading in the gene quantifications file, and if specified the meta data file containing your batch correction fields, you then have the option to view QC information of your quantifications or you can continue on to running DESeq2 (Figure 1).

*Figure 1. (A) The initial data selection menu.  Intial TSV data is loaded in the 'Choose TSV File' while the optional meta data file is loaded in under 'Choose Mera Data File (Optional)'.  (B) Options list once data/meta data have been loaded in.*

Metadata Upload

If you prefer to select conditions beforehand, and save them as a TSV file to upload, you have this option as of February 2017. You can split up conditions into two groups in a TSV file, and have as many selections as you want for different groupings.

To load in the specific file that contains the meta data, at the start of the DEBrowser there will be a "Choose Meta Data File (Optional)" which you can then select the meta data file to use for this analysis. In the metadata file, you will need to have a sample column as the first column and from then on exactly 2 groups in each column([cond1, cond2], [1, 2], etc) to be matched to the sample column. Sample TSV:

| sample | select1 | selection2 | |---------------|--------------|-------------| | exper_rep1 | cond1 | 1 | | exper_rep2 | cond1 | 2 | | exper_rep3 | cond2 | 1 | | control_rep1 | cond2 | 2 | | control_rep2 | cond2 | 1 | | control_rep3 | cond2 | 2 |

The example above would result in 'select1' having the first set of conditions as {exper_rep1, exper_rep2} from 'cond1' and second set of conditions as {exper_rep3, control_rep1, control_rep2, control_rep3} from 'cond2' as they correspond to those conditions in the 'sample' column.

In the same way, 'selection2' would have the first set as {exper_rep1, exper_rep3, control_rep2} from '1' and second set as {exper_rep2, control_rep1, control_rep3} from '2' as they correspond to those conditions in the 'sample' column.

Quality Control Information:

Upon selection of QC information, you will be shown an all-to-all plot of your samples (Figure 2). This sample-by-sample comparison will help you visualize possible discrepancies between replicate samples, in case you may want to omit them for further analysis. This graph includes sample-to-sample dotplot correlations as well as sample histograms. To the left of this plot are various plot-shaping options you can alter to more easily view the all-to-all plot.

Additionally, two more QC plots are available for you to use: heatmap and PCA plots. The heatmap (Figure 3) will display genes for each sample within your dataset in the form of a heatmap based on your dataset selection and PCA (Figure 4) will display Principal component analysis of your dataset. Additionally, you can view the IRQ (Interquartile Range) for both your raw data and your data after normalization (Figure 5). You can also view a density plot for your sample data for your raw data and the data after normalization (Figure 6). IQR and Density plots are another great visualization too to help you spot outliers within your sample data incase you want to remove or look into any possible discrepancies.

All of these plots will aid in viewing your preliminary data to see if there are any potential errors between replicates or batch effects (Reese et. al, 2013; Risso et al., 2014). You have the option of viewing an interactive heatmap by selecting the 'Interactive' checkbox in the left side panel when you have selected the Heatmap option. This Interactive heatmap will display genes as you hover over them for a more in-depth understanding. You can select these various plot options by selecting the type of plot you wish to view on the left panel.

*Figure 2. Display of the all-to-all plot in the initial QC plots page.*

You can also view the genes within your quantification file in various ways. The 'Tables' tab will bring you to a table setup based on the dataset you have selected on the left options panel. The 'All detected' option lists all of the genes present within your file. The 'Selected' option lets you browse your gene selection based on your interactive heatmap selection. The Last option, 'Most Varied' (Figure 7), will display your top N varied genes. You can alter the value of N by selecting 'most-varied' from the dropdown menu on the left.

*Figure 3. Display of the most varied genes heatmap in the initial QC plots page.*

*Figure 4. Display of the PCA plot in the initial QC plots page.*

*Figure 5. Display of the IQR in the initial QC plots page.*

*Figure 6. Display of the density plot in the initial QC plots page.*

*Figure 7. Displayed table of most varied genes.*

Starting DESeq:

Upon selecting to run DESeq, you are then able to select which samples will be used within your differential expression analysis By clicking the 'Add New Comparison' button, you can add as many different sample comparisons as you want. To alter the samples within each comparison, you can click on a sample and press delete to remove it or you can click the empty whitespace within the tab to bring a dropdown of samples to select from. Sample names are created based on the column headers within your data file. Once you've selected your comparisons, you are then ready to run DESeq2 to calculate differential expression by clicking on the 'Submit!' button (Figure 8).

*Figure 8. Menus after loading in a sample.*

Differential Expression Calculations

DESeq2

For the details please check the user guide at this location: https://www.bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/vignettes/DESeq2/inst/doc/DESeq2.pdf

DESeq2 performs multiple steps in order to analyze the data you’ve provided for it. The first step is to indicate the condition that each column (experiment) in the table represent. You can group multiple samples into one condition column. DESeq2 will compute the probability that a gene is differentially expressed (DE) for ALL genes in the table. It outputs both a nominal and a multiple hypothesis corrected p-value (padj) using a negative binomial distribution.

Un-normalized counts

DESeq2 requires count data as input obtained from RNA-Seq or another high-throughput sequencing experiment in the form of matrix values. Here we convert un-integer values to integer to be able to run DESeq2. The matrix values should be un-normalized, since DESeq2 model internally corrects for library size. So, transformed or normalized values such as counts scaled by library size should not be used as input. Please use edgeR or limma for normalized counts.

Used parameters for DESeq2

EdgeR

For the details please check the user guide at this location: https://www.bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/vignettes/edgeR/inst/doc/edgeRUsersGuide.pdf

Used parameters for EdgeR

Limma

For the details please check the user guide at this location: https://bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/vignettes/limma/inst/doc/usersguide.pdf

Limma is a package to analyze of microarray or RNA-Seq data. If data is normalized with spike-in or any other scaling, transformation or normalization method, Limma can be ideal. In that case, prefer limma rather than DESeq2 or EdgeR.

Used parameters for Limma

Saving the State

After the file upload is complete and a pair of conditions are selected, "Save Selection!" button should appear on the sidebar on the left. If you click this button, you will be able to name your save and access it later with the name you choose. There are certain limitations on the naming, but you will be given an error message to make the necessary correction as it is based on bookmarking functionality of Shiny.

Your new save will appear as a clickable link under "New Save:" and as you make more saves, those will be available under "History:" after refreshing the page. Only the last 20 saves will appear for better user interface, so it is advisable to delete the unused saves by clicking "X" icon.

Google Login

If you start up the shiny server using startDEBrowser(), you will automatically be logged in as 'local'. However, if you use the runApp() command to start the server, you'll be asked to log in using a Google account. This is to ensure the past saves correspond to the right person. You can log in using any Google account, and then give permission to the DEBrowser to log in for the first time.

Once you are done using DEBrowser, you can either choose to stay logged in for your next use or sign out to stop access to your account. In order to sign out, click on the gear icon on the top right corner and then click on "Sign Out". If you want to start over from the beginning while staying logged in, you can click on "Refresh" to go back to the beginning. You will still be able to access your save history when you sign out or refresh.

Analyzing the Results

After clicking on the 'Submit!' button, DESeq2 will analyze your comparisons and store the results into separate data tables. Shiny will then allow you to access this data, with multiple interactive features, and at the click of a button. It is important to note that the resulting data produced from DESeq is normalized. Upon finishing the DESeq analysis, a tab-based menu will appear with multiple options (Figure 9) at the top-center of the page.

*Figure 9. List of the tabbed menus in DEBrowser.*

The first tab, the 'Main Plots' section, is where you will be able to view the interactive results plots. On the left hand side of the screen will be the options panel used to alter the padj and fold change cutoff values, what specific data set to use such as up or down regulated genes, what comparison dataset you would like to use to plot, and what type of plot you would like to view your results in (Figure 10). Comparisons are ordered based on how they were entered by the user and for information about samples within each comparison are displayed right under the option tabs. Plot choices include:

Once you have selected your values, you can hit the 'Submit!' button to create your interactive plots! Depending on whether you are using the local install or the web-based application, rendering times my vary.

*Figure 10. The Left parameter options panel*

The top left plot is the main plot of whichever plot you have selected to use to analyze your results. Up-regulated genes are displayed in green while down-regulated genes are displayed in red (Figure 14). Hovering over a gene on this plot will display the bottom two bar graphs: the genes normalized variation and colored by condition in the left graph, and the normalized variation between conditions within the right graph. Hovering over a gene will also display information about that gene in regards to both conditions you have selected. By clicking and dragging your mouse to create a selection over the main graph, you will create the top right plot, or the zoomed in version of your selection. If you are going to change any of the parameters on the left, please make sure to re-click the 'Submit!' button to update the graphs. You can also change which type of dataset to use within the main plots by selecting from the drop down dataset box such as looking at the N most varied genes which are displayed in yellow(Figure 15). Additionally, you can further filter these datasets by typing in the genes of interest, or regex for specific genes, to search for those specific genes within the dataset (Figrue 14). Specific gene searches are displayed in blue. All of these filtration options can be located on the left side panel which will also change based on the plot or dataset you wish to view/manipulate. It's also worth noting that the plots are resizable as well as downloable.

![Figure 11. Main scatter plot.](http://bioinfo.umassmed.edu/pub/debrowser/imgs/figure_11.png 'Figure 11. Main scatter plot.')

![Figure 12. Main volcano plot](http://bioinfo.umassmed.edu/pub/debrowser/imgs/figure_12.png 'Figure 12. Main volcano plot')

![Figure 13. Main MA plot.](http://bioinfo.umassmed.edu/pub/debrowser/imgs/figure_13.png 'Figure 13. Main MA plot')

*Figure 14. The main plots page within DEBrowser.*

*Figure 15. isplay of the most varied genes as a scatter plot.*

*Figure 16. Display of the geneset list as a scatter plot.*

Selecting the 'QC Plots' tab will take you to the quality control plots section. These QC plots are very similar to the QC plots shown before running DESeq, however the dataset being used here depends on the one you select on the left menu. In addition to the all-to-all plot shown within the previous QC analysis, users can also view a heatmap and PCA plot of their analyzed data by selecting the proper plot on the left menu.

*Figure 17. Display of the heatmap within DEBrowser.*

The heatmap is a great way to analyze replicate results of genes all in one simple plot (Figure 19). Users have the option to change the clustering method used as well as the distance method used to display their heatmap. In addition, you can also change the size of the heatmap produced and adjust the p-adjust and fold change cut off for this plot as well. Once all of the parameters have been set, click the 'Submit!' button at the bottom of the left menu to generate your heatmap.

Used clustering and linkage methods in heatmap

Used distance methods in heatmap

You can also select to view an interactive version of the heatmap by clicking on the 'Interactive' checkbox on the left panel under the height and width options. Selecting this feature changes the heatmap into an interactive version with two colors, allowing you to select specific genes to be compared within the GO term plots (Figure 18). In order to use the interactive heatmap selection within your GO term query, you must use either the up+down dataset or the most varied dataset for the heatmap display. This will allow you to compare interesting clusters found within the heatmap within our GO Term analysis section which will be discussed later within the materials.

*Figure 18. View of the interactive Heatmap.*

*Figure 19. Display of the PCA plot within DEBrowser.*

Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is another excellent method of checking replicates (Figure 19). PCA calculates the variance between all of the samples genes within your current comparison set and creates a two-dimensional graph to represent the proportion of variance explained in different components. Within the PCA plot section you can select the p-adjust value, fold change cut off value, which comparison set to use, which dataset to use, the height and width of the corresponding plots, as well as which principal components to analyze by changing the appropriate values on the left menu. If loaded with a batch meta data file, you can select from a specific dropdown within the PCA QC plots in order to group specific points on color or shape based on specified groups within your meta data file.

The next tab, 'GO Term', takes you to the ontology comparison portion of DEBrowser. From here you can select the standard dataset options such as p-adjust value, fold change cut off value, which comparison set to use, and which dataset to use on the left menu. In addition to these parameters, you also can choose from the 4 different ontology plot options: 'enrichGO' (Figure 20-21), 'Disease' (Figure 22-23), 'enrichKEGG' (Figure 24), and 'compareCluster'. Selecting one of these plot options queries their specific databases with your current DESeq results. By selecting the 'selection' dataset on the left panel after selecting specific genes from the interactive heatmap, you will be able to compare your specific gene selection within the various GO Term databases.

In order to use your selected genes from the interactive heatmap, you must first make your selection within the interactive heatmap. Next you will want to switch to the GO Terms tab and use the 'selected' dataset (Figure 25). Once all your other parameters have been selected, hit submit and you will use your selected genes from the interactive heatmap in your GO Term analysis.

*Figure 20. Display of the GO Plot section within DEBrowser.*

*Figure 22. Display of the GO dotplot section within DEBrowser.*

*Display of the DO plot section within DEBrowser.*

*Figure 23. Display of the DO dotplot section within DEBrowser.*

*Figure 24. Display of the KEGG dotplot section within DEBrowser.*

*Figure 25. Display of Heatmap selected enriched GO Term search.*

The last tab, 'Tables', contains various result information in table formats. The 'All Detected' option contains the list of all the genes within the TSV/CSV provided with the corresponding DESeq analyses. Up-regulated values are shown in green while down-regulated values are displayed in red. To view any particular dataset's custom options, the dataset type must be selected.

The 'Up+Down' option contains a list of all the up and down-regulated genes based on the options selected on the left panel (Figure 26). The 'Up' option contains a list of all the up-regulated genes based on the options selected on the left panel. The 'Down' option contains a list of all the down-regulated genes based on the options selected (Figure 27). The 'Selected' option contains the list of genes selected from the main plots section. By clicking and dragging your mouse on the main plot within the 'Main Plots' tab, you will then be able to see that selection in list form within the 'Selected' option. The 'Gene Set' option allows you to filter out gene data based on genes selected via a text box. To create a gene set, simply type the names of the genes you wish to view in the text box on the left panel in a comma- seperated format. You can also use regular expressions in order to search for specific gene sets (Figure 28-29). The 'Most Varied' option, much like the original QC 'Most Varied' tab, allows you to view the list of most varied genes based on user input parameters on the left panel. The 'Comparisons' option allows you to view the differences between your different condition comparisons (Figure 30). Comparisons between datasets are shown if at least one of the conditional comparisons has passed the padj value or fold change cut off.

It is also important to note that comparisons with only one sample cannot create statistically significant p-adjust values. The more replicates you have within a condition, the greater the statistical significance of your comparisons.

*Figure 26. Display of the up+down-regulated genes table.*

*Figure 27. Display of the down-regulated genes table.*

*Figure 28. Display of the geneset input box.*

*Figure 29. Display of the gene set search of the term '^al'.*

*Figure 30. Condition comparisons table within DEBrowser.*

Lastly, the tables have a bunch of features that allow you to view your DESeq results more conveniently. By clicking on a column header, you can sort the data within the table based either alphabetical or numeric sorting. You can also enter a term, or regex query, within the search box on the left panel to filter for a specific gene within the table.

With that, you've now successfully navigated the DEBrowser and are ready to start inserting your own data files and browsing your own experiments. Enjoy the DEBrowser!

Case Study

Taking a look at the case study (Vernia S. et al 2014), Multiple heatmaps were created to display findings within the research. The heatmaps generated for the study were customized to a high level of specificity. However, using a sample dataset generated from this study, it is possible to recreate similar heatmaps (Figure 31-32) displayed within the studies findings.

*Figure 31. All detected genes heatmap using case study data.*

*Figure 32. Most varied genes heatmap using case study data.*

The main difference between the heatmaps created within DEBrowser and the heatmaps created within the research paper is that the clustering method used within the paper was a k-means method with k equaling 6.

The JNK2 Knock-out versus JNK1 Knock-out:

High fat diet JNK1 knock-out and JNK2 knock-out samples compared against high fat diet wild type samples showed a stronger effect from JNK2 KO. From the figures below, JNK2 KO has a stronger effect than JNK1 KO samples. There are 177 genes (Figure 33) that have padj < 0.01 and |log2 foldchange| > 1 in the JNK2 KO comparison while there are only 17 genes (Figure 34) detected in the JNK1 KO comparison with the same cutoffs.

*Figure 33. High fat diet JNK2 vs. High fat diet wild type.*

*Figure 34. High fat diet JNK1 vs. High fat diet wild type.*

JNK1 and JNK2 serve partially redundant functions:

High fat diet JNK1 and High fat diet JNK2 double KO has 1018 significantly different genes. When we compare HFD JNK1 KO only (177 Genes) and HFD JNK2 KO only (17 genes) with HFD wild type side-by-side, most of the up and down regulated genes are not overlapping. Up regulated genes (Figure 35.) and down regulated (Figure 36.) in JNK1 KO was easy to analyze for these gene comparisons. There is only 1 gene overlapping out of the 17 that were significantly different in JNK1 KO comparisons with padj < 0.01 and |log2foldchange| > 1 cutoffs. It shows that both individual KO might have individual functions in addition to their redundant functions. When we looked at the genes in JNK1 KO in the KEGG database, they are enriched in "Fatty acid elongation”. JNK2 KO are enriched in "PPAR signaling pathway” and "Biosynthesis of unsaturated fatty acids”. DEBrowser’s powerful comparison function makes different condition comparisons and running GO Term analysis on selected genes much easier.

*Figure 35. Upregulated genes in hfd JNK1 KO (C1) vs. hfd wt (C2) DE comparison shows 4 upregulated genes (padj <0.01 and |log2foldchange| > 1).*

*Figure 36. Downregulated genes in hfd JNK1 KO (C1) vs. hfd wt (C2) DE comparison shows 13 downregulated genes (padj <0.01 and |log2foldchange| > 1). Only one of them is in JNK2 KO (C3) vs. hfd wt (C4) DE comparison.*

Comparing the HFD wild type and the normal chow wild type also shows significant differences between regulated genes (Figure 37). Expanding on the analysis further, the upregulated genes analyzed are then compared to KEGG and Disease ontologies to show a variety of metabolism related correlations (Figures 38-39).

Using the 'advanced demo' dataset we mentioned earlier, you too can recreate these tables using the same data. Browsing, changing parameters, and creating unique plots to view and analyze data can be a creative way to recreate the same analytical results produced. DEBrowser can be used in multiple ways to check the reproducibility of research results in a highly interactive format!

DEBrowser vs other Differential Expression analysis software:

The comparison table (Figure 40) displays multiple comparisons between debrowser and other various methods of viewing Differential Expression Analysis results.

Some of the comparisons can be viewed either within the tool itself or within some of the figures provided. A multiple tool comparisons can be observed within figure 34, an interactive visualization of gene highlighting can be observed for figures 12-14, and an interactive visualization of biological variation or condition comparisons can also be observed for figure 34.

For more information on MeV (Howe et al., 2011) please visit this link: MeV

For more information about Chipster (Kallio et al., 2011), please visit this link: Chipster

For more information about Galaxy (Giardine et al., 2005), please visit this link: Galaxy

For more information about CummeRBund (Trapnell et al., 2012), please visit this link: CummeRbund

Batch Effect Correction Example

Batch effects can have negative effects on your overall data as a whole. If samples were not handled at the same time, or just do not have the sample level of technical variance as the rest of your samples, this can lead to specific batch effects that might skew test results. In Figures 41-44, we show both before batch and after batch correction IQR plots and how it can having skewing effects on the results of QC analysis.

Future Plan:

Future plans will include the following:

* Venn Diagrams to compare overlapping differentially expressed genes in different
  condition comparison results.
* Increase in the number of used clustering methods.
* GO term analysis gene lists will be added for found GO categories.

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*Figure 37. Up and Down regulated genes volcano plot of HFD WT vs Chow WT.*

*Figure 38. HFD upregulated gene list used for DO enrichment*

*Figure 39. HFD upregulated gene list used for KEGG enrichment*

*Figure 40. Comparison table of DEBrowser, MeV, Chipster, Galaxy, and CummeRBund*

*Figure 41. IQR of samples before batch correction*

*Figure 42. IQR of samples after batch correction*

*Figure 43. All-2-All scatter plots showing QC without batch correction.*

*Figure 44. All-2-All scatter plots showing QC with batch correction.*



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