consensusDE: an R package for assessing consensus of multiple RNA-seq algorithms with RUV correction

Waardenberg, Ashley J., and Field, Matthew A. (2019) consensusDE: an R package for assessing consensus of multiple RNA-seq algorithms with RUV correction. PeerJ, 7. e8206. pp. 1-16.

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Extensive evaluation of RNA-seq methods have demonstrated that no single algorithm consistently outperforms all others. Removal of unwanted variation (RUV) has also been proposed as a method for stabilizing differential expression (DE) results. Despite this, it remains a challenge to run multiple RNA-seq algorithms to identify significant differences common to multiple algorithms, whilst also integrating and assessing the impact of RUV into all algorithms. consensusDE was developed to automate the process of identifying significant DE by combining the results from multiple algorithms with minimal user input and with the option to automatically integrate RUV. consensusDE only requires a table describing the sample groups, a directory containing BAM files or preprocessed count tables and an optional transcript database for annotation. It supports merging of technical replicates, paired analyses and outputs a compendium of plots to guide the user in subsequent analyses. Herein, we assess the ability of RUV to improve DE stability when combined with multiple algorithms and between algorithms, through application to real and simulated data. We find that, although RUV increased fold change stability between algorithms, it demonstrated improved FDR in a setting of low replication for the intersect, the effect was algorithm specific and diminished with increased replication, reinforcing increased replication for recovery of true DE genes. We finish by offering some rules and considerations for the application of RUV in a consensus-based setting. consensusDE is freely available, implemented in R and available as a Bioconductor package, under the GPL-3 license, along with a comprehensive vignette describing functionality: trup:// consensusDE/.

Item ID: 61372
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2167-8359
Keywords: RNA-seq, Consensus, RUV, R, BioConductor, EdgeR, Voom, DESeq2, Software, Benchmark
Copyright Information: Copyright 2019 Waardenberg and Field. Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC APP1139756
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 07:37
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