RTCGApackage to download methylation data that are included in
The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Data Portal provides a platform for researchers to search, download, and analyze data sets generated by TCGA. It contains clinical information, genomic characterization data, and high level sequence analysis of the tumor genomes. The key is to understand genomics to improve cancer care.
RTCGA package offers download and integration of the variety and volume of TCGA data using patient barcode key, what enables easier data possession. This may have a benefcial infuence on development of science and improvement of patients’ treatment.
RTCGA is an open-source R package, available to download from Bioconductor
or from GitHub
RTCGA package transforms TCGA data into form which is convenient to use in R statistical package. Those data transformations can be a part of statistical analysis pipeline which can be more reproducible with
Use cases and examples are shown in
RTCGA packages vignettes:
There are many available date times of TCGA data releases. To see them all just type:
Version 1.0 of
RTCGA.methylation package contains methylation datasets which were released
2015-11-01. They were downloaded in the following way (which is mainly copied from http://rtcga.github.io/RTCGA/:
All cohort names can be checked using:
For all cohorts the following code downloads the mRNA data.
NAfiles from data2
The existance of
NA files mean that there were no methylation data for these cohorts.
Below is the code that removes unneeded “MANIFEST.txt” file from each methylation cohort folder.
Below is the code that automatically gives the path to files for all available methylation cohorts types downloaded to
Because of the fact that methylation data are transposed in downloaded files, there has been prepared special function
readTCGA to read and transpose data automatically. Code is below
OV.methylation[1:300,] -> OV.methylation1 OV.methylation[301:612,] -> OV.methylation2 rm(OV.methylation) grep( "methylation", ls(), value = TRUE) %>% grep("path", x=., value = TRUE, invert = TRUE) %>% cat( sep="," ) #can one to id better? as from use_data documentation: # ... Unquoted names of existing objects to save devtools::use_data(BRCA.methylation,COAD.methylation, COADREAD.methylation,GBMLGG.methylation, GBM.methylation,KIPAN.methylation, KIRC.methylation,KIRP.methylation, LAML.methylation,LUAD.methylation, LUSC.methylation,OV.methylation1,OV.methylation2, READ.methylation,STAD.methylation, STES.methylation,UCEC.methylation, # overwrite = TRUE, compress="xz")