Edge bias. This figure illustrates variation of hybridization intensity across transcripts. For each probeset expressed above background levels, we determined the average hybridization intensity as a function of distance from the 5' and 3' ends of the mRNA molecule. Top panels show the average signal intensity as a function of probeset distance from the 5' and 3' ends of transcripts. A significant decrease in signal strength is seen at the 3' end, while a slight increase occurs at the 5' end. Bottom panels illustrate the ability of the array to detect the hybridization signal above background levels. Mean DABG values decrease at both 5' and 3' extremities of genes. The 3' effect results directly from the reduction in hybridization intensity. The 5' effect is most likely the result of increased GC content of the 5' probes located close to unmethylated gene promoters and CpG islands. Both effects cause false positive results in Splicing Index and Splicing ANOVA analyses in the presence of changes in expression of the whole transcript. Only genes with detectable expression (average DABG p-value < 0.05) and total mRNA length greater than 1000 nucleotides were included in this analysis. The values were calculated as log-averages of core probeset intensity across all samples. Each point on the plot corresponds to all probeset ending within a bin of length 10 bp, at the indicated distance from mRNA termini.
Bemmo et al. BMC Genomics 2008 9:529 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-9-529