The effect of SNPs on expression levels in Nimblegen RNA expression microarrays

Int J Data Min Bioinform. 2015;12(1):1-13. doi: 10.1504/ijdmb.2015.068949.


In this paper the effect of SNPs on expression levels in Nimblegen RNA expression microarrays is investigated. A vast number of replicates of probe pairs representing both alleles of SNPs on 14 loci allows accurate estimation of the difference in signal intensities both within and between probe pairs. The majority of probe-pairs with sufficiently high expression have significant differences in expression levels within the pair and the difference shows concordance with the genotype of the samples. With two or more replicates of each probe, the allele-to-allele variance dominates the error in estimating the difference within the probe-pair, ten replicates are needed for adequate power in calling a true difference within a single probe-pair. Using the expression level of the probe within the probe-pair that has the higher value gives more accurate estimates. When using probes at loci containing known SNP's one should use probes containing both alleles of the SNP.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis / methods*
  • Oligonucleotide Probes*
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms* / genetics
  • Prostatic Neoplasms* / metabolism


  • Oligonucleotide Probes