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Functional analysis of microarray gene lists - (Sep/27/2013 )

Hi,
let's say I have a gene list, derived from a microarray, and have determined by a David database search that most of the genes are involved in cell cycle regulation/proliferation/mitosis. How can I find out whether they are positive or negative regulators of the cell cycle ? Do I have to look up every single gene or is there also a way to determine this for a whole list of genes ?

-Tabaluga-

I suppose that you obtained the mRNA for this microarray from cells that were treated or untreated with something? Then I would take the same cells, treat them the same and measure cell-cycle progression by PI-staining or BrdU incorporation.

 

If you obtained your sample from living animals, you can still do the BrdU incorporation and look at incorporated BrdU by histology.

 

If you would like to get a more specific answer, you will need to be more specific about the experiment you performed.

-theo22-

Thanks for the reply, but I'm actually not looking at all for an experimental way to determine proliferation. I just wanted to ask if there is a way to determine at the computer screen, bioinformatically, if the genes are positive or negative regulators of proliferation. If there is no other possibility I will have to look up every single gene then, but as this takes a lot of time I was hoping that there is an easier way.

-Tabaluga-

Thanks for the reply, but I'm actually not looking at all for an experimental way to determine proliferation. I just wanted to ask if there is a way to determine at the computer screen, bioinformatically, if the genes are positive or negative regulators of proliferation. If there is no other possibility I will have to look up every single gene then, but as this takes a lot of time I was hoping that there is an easier way.

In theory GO is detailed enough to distinguish positive and negative regulation of cell proliferation (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/QuickGO/GTerm?id=GO:0008284)

So if you'll get the corresponding GO categories and check abundance of genes annotated with them you could perhaps answer your question.

-Mikhail Shugay-

Thanks, I'll still have to check the single genes then as it seems (or am I missing something ?) but I will try now !

-Tabaluga-