GO-Mapper: functional analysis of gene expression data using the expression level as a score to evaluate Gene Ontology terms.
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MOTIVATION: Retrieval of information on biological processes from large-scale expression data is still a time-consuming task. An automated analysis utilizing all expression information would greatly increase our understanding of the samples under study. RESULTS: We describe here a novel method to obtain a functional analysis of complex gene expression data. Instead of applying a predefined expression threshold, Gene Ontology (GO) terms are weighted using the actual measured levels of expression of all associated genes. Based on this concept, the application GO-Mapper was developed to quantitatively link gene expression levels to GO-terms for multiple experiments in an automated way. The applicability of GO-Mapper was developed and validated on in house and public human microarray data and mouse SAGE data. We demonstrate that the GO-Mapper allows for interrelating relevant biological functions with the experiments under study. AVAILABILITY: The GO-Mapper application is free of charge available from our website.
- Comparative Study
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
- Gene Expression Profiling/*methods
- Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis/*methods
- User-Computer Interface
- *Databases, Protein
- *Natural Language Processing
- Structure-Activity Relationship