Performance comparison of multiple microarray platforms for gene expression profiling

Methods in Molecular Biology
Fang LiuEivind Hovig


With genome-wide gene expression microarrays being increasingly applied in various areas of biomedical research, the diversity of platforms and analytical methods has made comparison of data from multiple platforms very challenging. In this chapter, we describe a generalized framework for systematic comparisons across gene expression profiling platforms, which could accommodate both the available commercial arrays and "in-house" platforms, with both one-dye and two-dye platforms. It includes experimental design, data preprocessing protocols, cross-platform gene matching approaches, measures of data consistency comparisons, and considerations in biological validation. In the design of this framework, we considered the variety of platforms available, the need for uniform quality control procedures, real-world practical limitations, statistical validity, and the need for flexibility and extensibility of the framework. Using this framework, we studied ten diverse microarray platforms, and we conclude that using probe sequences matched at the exon level is important to improve cross-platform data consistency compared to annotation-based matches. Generally, consistency was good for highly expressed genes, and variable for genes with ...Continue Reading


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