Analysis Considerations for Utilizing RNA-Seq to Characterize the Brain Transcriptome

Christina L. Zheng, Sunita Kawane, Daniel Bottomly, Beth Wilmot

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3 Scopus citations


RNA-Seq allows one to examine only gene expression as well as expression of noncoding RNAs, alternative splicing, and allele-specific expression. With this increased sensitivity and dynamic range, there are computational and statistical considerations that need to be contemplated, which are highly dependent on the biological question being asked. We highlight these to provide an overview of their importance and the impact they can have on downstream interpretation of the brain transcriptome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Review of Neurobiology
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameInternational Review of Neurobiology
ISSN (Print)0074-7742


  • Alignment
  • Computational processing
  • Differential expression
  • Functional annotation
  • Mapping
  • RNA-Seq
  • Statistical modeling
  • Transcriptomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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