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last update; Aug. 24. 2018

Tutorial 2:Searching virus response-related gene groups.

This example shows a usage to obtain coexpressed genes for a particular function (viral defense system).

(1) Keyword search

First, search core genes for virus response.

Search "virus" using search form next to the title logo in COXPRESdb.

(2) Search result

Nine GO terms are found. "response to virus" is the largest and most appropriate term to define core genes of virus response.

Click the link for the "network" for "response to virus".

(3) GO network page

The GO network page provides the 30 most highly coexpressed genes are selected from the corresponding GO gene list, and their networks are drawn in parallel views for human and mouse.

The GO network page is composed of 2 parts.

  1. coexpressed gene network
  2. coexpressed gene list
The method selecting coexpressed genes are shown in other page.

(3-1) GO network page; gene network

To deduce the biological meaning of each network, the information in the external links on each gene page is useful in addition to the information presented in COXPRESdb.

As a result of careful inspection of each , the five gene networks seem to correspond to a biological function in response to a virus, as follows:

  1. (lower-left) interferon responsive gene network
  2. (upper-left) interferon alpha gene network
  3. (lower-right) interferon receptor gene network
  4. (upper-center) interleukin and tumor necrosis factor network
  5. (upper-right) chmokines and others network
Two networks, corresponding to the networks 1 and 2, are also found in mouse.

(3-2) GO network page; gene list

To search other genes that function with these groups of genes, check and submit the genes to search, for example the group of genes for interferon alpha above.
(ref; how to calculate co-expressed gene from multi-gene query)

(4) Search result of coexpressed genes

Search result is a list of the most strongly correlated 300 genes from input genes. [more]

Functional putative or unknown genes in addition to many interferon alpha genes are found.

In the same way, the user can obtain coexpressed genes for other gene groups. Finally, whole gene lists containing putative virus-responsive genes can be obtained.