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Alex Lewin (Imperial College) Sylvia Richardson (IC Epidemiology) Tim Aitman (IC Microarray Centre) In collaboration with Anne-Mette Hein, Natalia Bochkina (IC Epidemiology) Helen Causton (IC Microarray Centre) Peter Green (Bristol) Bayesian Modelling for Differential Gene Expression

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Insulin-resistance gene Cd36 cDNA microarray: hybridisation signal for SHR much lower than for Brown Norway and SHR.4 control strains Aitman et al 1999, Nature Genet 21:76-83

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Larger microarray experiment: look for other genes associated with Cd36 Microarray Data 3 SHR compared with 3 transgenic rats (with Cd36) 3 wildtype (normal) mice compared with 3 mice with Cd36 knocked out genes on each array Biological Question Find genes which are expressed differently between animals with and without Cd36.

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Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Differential Expression Decision Rules Predictive Model Checks Simultaneous estimation of normalization and differential expression Gene Ontology analysis for differentially expressed genes

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Low-level Model (how gene expression is estimated from signal) Normalisation (to make arrays comparable) Differential Expression Clustering, Partition Model We aim to integrate all the steps in a common statistical framework Microarray analysis is a multi-step process

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Bayesian Modelling Framework Model different sources of variability simultaneously, within array, between array … Uncertainty propagated from data to parameter estimates (so not over-optimistic in conclusions). Share information in appropriate ways to get robust estimates.

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Gene Expression Data 3 wildtype mice, Fat tissue hybridised to Affymetrix chips Newton et al Showed data fit well by Gamma or Log Normal distributions Kerr et al Linear model on log scale sd mean

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Data: y gsr = log expression for gene g, condition s, replicate r g = gene effect δ g = differential effect for gene g between 2 conditions r(g)s = array effect (expression-level dependent) gs 2 = gene variance 1st level y g1r | g, δ g, g1 N( g – ½ δ g + r(g)1, g1 2 ), y g2r | g, δ g, g2 N( g + ½ δ g + r(g)2, g2 2 ), Σ r r(g)s = 0 r(g)s = function of g, parameters {a} and {b} Bayesian hierarchical model for differential expression

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Mean effect g g ~ Unif (much wider than data range) Differential effect δ g δ g ~ N(0,10 4 ) – fixed effects (no structure in prior) OR mixture: δ g ~ 0 δ G_ (1.5, 1 ) + 2 G + (1.5, 2 ) Priors for gene effects Explicit modelling of the alternative H0H0

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Fixed Effects Kerr et al Mixture Models Newton et al. 2004(non-parametric mixture) Löenstedt and Speed 2003, Smyth 2004 (conjugate mixture prior) Broet et al. 2002(several levels of DE) References

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Two extreme cases: (1) Constant variance gsr N(0, 2 ) Too stringent Poor fit (2) Independent variances gsr N(0, g 2 ) ! Variance estimates based on few replications are highly variable Need to share information between genes to better estimate their variance, while allowing some variability Hierarchical model Prior for gene variances

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2nd level gs 2 | μ s, τ s logNormal (μ s, τ s ) Hyper-parameters μ s and τ s can be influential. Empirical Bayes Eg. Löenstedt and Speed 2003, Smyth 2004 Fixes μ s, τ s Fully Bayesian 3rd level μ s N( c, d) τ s Gamma (e, f) Prior for gene variances

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Variances estimated using information from all G x R measurements (~12000 x 3) rather than just 3 Variances stabilised and shrunk towards average variance Gene specific variances are stabilised

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Spline Curve r(g)s = quadratic in g for a rs(k-1) g a rs(k) with coeff (b rsk (1), b rsk (2) ), k =1, … #breakpoints Prior for array effects (Normalization) Locations of break points not fixed Must do sensitivity checks on # break points a1a1 a2a2 a3a3 a0a0

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Array effect as a function of gene effect loess Bayesian posterior mean

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Before (y gsr ) After (y gsr - r(g)s ) WildtypeKnockout Effect of normalisation on density ^

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1st level –y gsr | g, δ g, gs N( g – ½ δ g + r(g)s, gs 2 ), 2nd level –Fixed effect priors for g, δ g –Array effect coefficients, Normal and Uniform – gs 2 | μ s, τ s logNormal (μ s, τ s ) 3rd level –μ s N( c, d) –τ s Gamma (e, f) Bayesian hierarchical model for differential expression

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Declare the model WinBUGS software for fitting Bayesian models for( i in 1 : ngenes ) { for( j in 1 : nreps) { y1[i, j] ~ dnorm(x1[i, j], tau1[i]) x1[i, j] <- alpha[i] - 0.5*delta[i] + beta1[i, j] } for( i in 1 : ngenes ) { tau1[i] <- 1.0/sig21[i] sig21[i] <- exp(lsig21[i]) lsig21[i] ~ dnorm(mm1,tt1) } mm1 ~ dnorm( 0.0,1.0E-3) tt1 ~ dgamma(0.01,0.01) WinBUGS does the calculations

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Whole posterior distribution Posterior means, medians, quantiles WinBUGS software for fitting Bayesian models

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Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Differential Expression Decision Rules Predictive Model Checks Simultaneous estimation of normalization and differential expression Gene Ontology analysis for differentially expressed genes

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So far, discussed fitting the model. How do we decide which genes are differentially expressed? Parameters of interest: g, δ g, g –What quantity do we consider, δ g, (δ g / g ), … ? –How do we summarize the posterior distribution? Decision Rules for Inference

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Inference on δ (1)d g = E(δ g | data) posterior mean Like point estimate of log fold change. Decision Rule: gene g is DE if |d g | > δ cut (2)p g = P( |δ g | > δ cut | data) posterior probability (incorporates uncertainty) Decision Rule: gene g is DE if p g > p cut This allows biologist to specify what size of effect is interesting (not just statistical significance) Fixed Effects Model biological interest biological interest statistical confidence

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Inference on δ, (1)t g = E(δ g | data) / E( g | data) Like t-statistic. Decision Rule: gene g is DE if |t g | > t cut (2)p g = P( |δ g / g | > t cut | data) Decision Rule: gene g is DE if p g > p cut Bochkina and Richardson (in preparation) Fixed Effects Model statistical confidence statistical confidence

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δ g ~ 0 δ G_ (1.5, 1 ) + 2 G + (1.5, 2 ) Mixture Model (1)d g = E(δ g | data) posterior mean Shrunk estimate of log fold change. Decision Rule: gene g is DE if |d g | > δ cut (2)Classify genes into the mixture components. p g = P(gene g not in H 0 | data) Decision Rule: gene g is DE if p g > p cut H0H0 Explicit modelling of the alternative

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Illustration of decision rule p g = P( |δ g | > log(2) and g > 4 | data) x p g > 0.8 Δ t-statistic > 2.78 (95% CI)

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Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Differential Expression Decision Rules Predictive Model Checks Simultaneous estimation of normalization and differential expression Gene Ontology analysis for differentially expressed genes

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Bayesian P-values Compare observed data to a null distribution P-value: probability of an observation from the null distribution being more extreme than the actual observation If all observations come from the null distribution, the distribution of p-values is Uniform

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Cross-validation p-values Distribution of p-values {p i, i=1,…,n} is approximately Uniform if model adequately describes the data. Idea of cross validation is to split the data: one part for fitting the model, the rest for validation n units of observation For each observation y i, run model on rest of data y -i, predict new data y i new from posterior distribution. Bayesian p-value p i = Prob(y i new > y i | data y -i )

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Posterior Predictive p-values all data includes y i p-values are less extreme than they should be p-values are conservative (not quite Uniform). Bayesian p-value p i = Prob(y i new > y i | all data) For large n, not possible to run model n times. Run model on all data. For each observation y i, predict new data y i new from posterior distribution.

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Bayesian p-value Prob( S g 2 new > S g 2 obs | data) Example: Check priors on gene variances 1)Compare equal and exchangeable variance models 2)Compare different exchangeable priors Want to compare data for each gene, not gene and replicate, so use sample variance S g 2 (suppress index s here)

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WinBUGS code for posterior predictive checks for( i in 1 : ngenes ) { for( j in 1 : nreps) { y1[i, j] ~ dnorm(x1[i, j], tau1[i]) ynew1[i, j] ~ dnorm(x1[i, j], tau1[i]) x1[i, j] <- alpha[i] - 0.5*delta[i] + beta1[i, j] } s21[i] <- pow(sd(y1[i, ]), 2) s2new1[i] <- pow(sd(ynew1[i, ]), 2) pval1[i] <- step(s2new1[i] - s21[i]) } replicate relevant sampling distribution calculate sample variances count no. times predicted sample variance is bigger than observed sample variance

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Posterior predictive Prior parameters y gr Mean parameters r = 1:R g = 1:G g 2 Sg2Sg2 new Sg2Sg2 y gr new Graph shows structure of model

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Mixed predictive Prior parameters y gr Mean parameters r = 1:R g = 1:G g 2 Sg2Sg2 new Sg2Sg2 y gr new g 2 new Less conservative than posterior predictive (Marshall and Spiegelhalter, 2003)

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Equal variance model: Model 1: 2 log Normal (0, 10000) Exchangeable variance models: Model 2: g -2 Gamma (2, β) Model 3: g -2 Gamma (α, β) Model 4: g 2 log Normal (μ, τ) (α, β, μ, τ all parameters) Four models for gene variances

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Bayesian predictive p-values

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Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Differential Expression Decision Rules Predictive Model Checks Simultaneous estimation of normalization and differential expression Gene Ontology analysis for differentially expressed genes

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Expression level dependent normalization Many gene expression data sets need normalization which depends on expression level. Usually normalization is performed in a pre-processing step before the model for differential expression is used. These analyses ignore the fact that the expression level is measured with variability. Ignoring this variability leads to bias in the function used for normalization.

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Simulated Data Gene variances similar range and distribution to mouse data Array effects cubic functions of expression level Differential effects 900 genes: δ g = 0 50 genes: δ g N( log(3), ) 50 genes: δ g N( -log(3), )

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Array Effects and Variability for Simulated Data Data points:y gsr – y g (r = 1…3) Curves: r(g)s (r = 1…3) _

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Two-step method (using loess) 1)Use loess smoothing to obtain array effects loess r(g)s 2)Subtract loess array effects from data: y loess gsr = y gsr - loess r(g)s 3)Run our model on y loess gsr with no array effects

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Decision rules for selecting differentially expressed genes If P( |δ g | > δ cut | data) > p cut then gene g is called differentially expressed. δ cut chosen according to biological hypothesis of interest (here we use log(3) ). p cut corresponds to the error rate (e.g. False Discovery Rate or Mis-classification Penalty) considered acceptable.

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Full model v. two-step method Plot observed False Discovery Rate against p cut (averaged over 5 simulations) Solid line for full model Dashed line for pre- normalized method

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1)y loess gsr = y gsr - loess r(g)s 2)y model gsr = y gsr - E( r(g)s | data) Results from 2 different two-step methods are much closer to each other than to full model results. Different two-step methods

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Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Differential Expression Decision Rules Predictive Model Checks Simultaneous estimation of normalization and differential expression Gene Ontology analysis for differentially expressed genes

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Gene Ontology (GO) Database of biological terms Arranged in graph connecting related terms Directed Acyclic Graph: links indicate more specific terms ~16,000 terms from QuickGO website (EBI)

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Gene Ontology (GO) from QuickGO website (EBI)

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Gene Annotations Genes/proteins annotated to relevant GO terms Gene may be annotated to several GO terms GO term may have 1000s of genes annotated to it (or none) Gene annotated to term A annotated to all ancestors of A (terms that are related and more general)

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GO annotations of genes associated with the insulin-resistance gene Cd36 Compare GO annotations of genes most and least differentially expressed Most differentially expressed p g > 0.5 (280 genes) Least differentially expressed p g < 0.2 (11171 genes)

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GO annotations of genes associated with the insulin-resistance gene Cd36 For each GO term, Fishers exact test on proportion of differentially expressed genes with annotations v. proportion of non-differentially expressed genes with annotations observed O = A expected E = C*(A+B)/(C+D) if no association of GO annotation with DE FatiGO website genes annot. to GO term genes not annot. to GO term genes most diff. exp. genes least diff. exp. AB CD

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GO annotations of genes associated with the insulin-resistance gene Cd36 O = observed no. differentially expressed genes E = expected no. differentially expressed genes

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Response to external stimulus (O=12, E=4.7) Response to biotic stimulus (O=14, E=6.9) Response to stimulus Physiological process Organismal movement Biological process Response to external biotic stimulus * Inflammatory response (O=4, E=1.2) Immune response (O=9, E=4.5) Response to wounding (O=6, E=1.8) Response to stress (O=12, E=5.9) Defense response (O=11, E=5.8) Response to pest, pathogen or parasite (O=8, E=2.6) All GO ancestors of Inflammatory response * This term was not accessed by FatiGO Relations between GO terms were found using QuickGO:

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Further Work to do on GO Account for dependencies between GO terms Multiple testing corrections Uncertainty in annotation ( work in preparation )

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Summary Bayesian hierarchical model flexible, estimates variances robustly Predictive model checks show exchangeable prior good for gene variances Useful to find GO terms over-represented in the most differentially-expressed genes Paper available (Lewin et al. 2005, Biometrics, in press) http ://www.bgx.org.uk/

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In full Bayesian framework, introduce latent allocation variable z g = 0,1 for gene g in null, alternative For each gene, calculate posterior probability of belonging to unmodified component: p g = Pr( z g = 0 | data ) Classify using cut-off on p g (Bayes rule corresponds to 0.5) For any given p g, can estimate FDR, FNR. Decision Rules For gene-list S, est. (FDR | data) = Σ g S p g / |S|

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The Null Hypothesis Composite Null Point Null, alternative not modelled Point Null, alternative modelled

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