Gene Meter: Accurate abundance calculations of gene expression

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  • We previously reported that thousands of transcripts in the mouse and zebrafish significantly increased in abundance in a time series spanning from life to several days after death. Transcript abundances were determined by: calibrating each microarray probe using a dilution series of pooled RNAs, fitting the probe-responses to adsorption models, and back-calculating abundances using the probe signal intensity of a sample and the best fitting model. The accuracy of the abundance measurements was not assessed in our previous study because individual transcript concentrations in the calibration pool were not known. Accurate transcript abundances are highly desired for modeling the dynamics of biological systems and investigating how systems respond to perturbations. In this study, we show that accurate transcript abundances can be determined by calibrating the probes using a calibration pool of transcripts with known concentrations. Instructions for determining accurate transcript abundances using the Gene Meter approach are provided.
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  • Pozhitkov AE; Noble PA
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  • 10
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  • 4