Annotables: R data package for annotating/converting Gene IDs

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I work with gene lists on a nearly daily basis. Lists of genes near ChIP-seq peaks, lists of genes closest to a GWAS hit, lists of differentially expressed genes or transcripts from an RNA-seq experiment, lists of genes involved in certain pathways, etc. And lots of times I’ll need to convert these gene IDs from one identifier to another. There’s no shortage of tools to do this. I use Ensembl Biomart. But I do this so often that I got tired of hammering Ensembl’s servers whenever I wanted to convert from Ensembl to Entrez gene IDs for pathway mapping, get the chromosomal location for some BEDTools-y kinds of genomic arithmetic, or get the gene symbol and full description for reporting. So I used Biomart to retrieve the data that I use most often, cleaned up the column names, and saved this data as an R data package called annotables.
This package has basic annotation information from Ensembl release 82 for:
  • Human (grch38)
  • Mouse (grcm38)
  • Rat (rnor6)
  • Chicken (galgal4)
  • Worm (wbcel235)
  • Fly (bdgp6)
Where each table contains:
  • ensgene: Ensembl gene ID
  • entrez: Entrez gene ID
  • symbol: Gene symbol
  • chr: Chromosome
  • start: Start
  • end: End
  • strand: Strand
  • biotype: Protein coding, pseudogene, mitochondrial tRNA, etc.
  • description: Full gene name/description.
Additionally, there are tables for human and mouse (grch38_gt and grcm38_gt, respectively) that link ensembl gene IDs to ensembl transcript IDs.


The package isn’t on CRAN, so you’ll need devtools to install it.
# If you haven't already installed devtools...

# Use devtools to install the package
It isn’t necessary to load dplyr, but the tables are tbl_df and will print nicely if you have dplyr loaded.
Look at the human genes table (note the description column gets cut off because the table becomes too wide to print nicely):

## Source: local data frame [66,531 x 9]
##            ensgene entrez  symbol   chr start   end strand        biotype
##              (chr)  (int)   (chr) (chr) (int) (int)  (int)          (chr)
## 1  ENSG00000210049     NA   MT-TF    MT   577   647      1        Mt_tRNA
## 2  ENSG00000211459     NA MT-RNR1    MT   648  1601      1        Mt_rRNA
## 3  ENSG00000210077     NA   MT-TV    MT  1602  1670      1        Mt_tRNA
## 4  ENSG00000210082     NA MT-RNR2    MT  1671  3229      1        Mt_rRNA
## 5  ENSG00000209082     NA  MT-TL1    MT  3230  3304      1        Mt_tRNA
## 6  ENSG00000198888   4535  MT-ND1    MT  3307  4262      1 protein_coding
## 7  ENSG00000210100     NA   MT-TI    MT  4263  4331      1        Mt_tRNA
## 8  ENSG00000210107     NA   MT-TQ    MT  4329  4400     -1        Mt_tRNA
## 9  ENSG00000210112     NA   MT-TM    MT  4402  4469      1        Mt_tRNA
## 10 ENSG00000198763   4536  MT-ND2    MT  4470  5511      1 protein_coding
## ..             ...    ...     ...   ...   ...   ...    ...            ...
## Variables not shown: description (chr)
Look at the human genes-to-transcripts table:

## Source: local data frame [216,133 x 2]
##            ensgene          enstxp
##              (chr)           (chr)
## 1  ENSG00000210049 ENST00000387314
## 2  ENSG00000211459 ENST00000389680
## 3  ENSG00000210077 ENST00000387342
## 4  ENSG00000210082 ENST00000387347
## 5  ENSG00000209082 ENST00000386347
## 6  ENSG00000198888 ENST00000361390
## 7  ENSG00000210100 ENST00000387365
## 8  ENSG00000210107 ENST00000387372
## 9  ENSG00000210112 ENST00000387377
## 10 ENSG00000198763 ENST00000361453
## ..             ...             ...
Tables are tbl_df, pipe-able with dplyr:
grch38 %>% 
  filter(biotype=="protein_coding" & chr=="1") %>% 
  select(ensgene, symbol, chr, start, end, description) %>% 
  head %>% 
  pander::pandoc.table(split.table=100, justify="llllll", style="rmarkdown")
Table: Table continues below
solute carrier family 30 (zinc transporter), member 2 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:11013]
hes family bHLH transcription factor 3 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:26226]
ZMYM6 neighbor [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:40021]
SH2 domain containing 5 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:28819]
ADP-ribosylhydrolase like 2 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:21304]
S100 calcium binding protein A16 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:20441]

Example with RNA-seq data

Here’s an example with RNA-seq data. Specifically, DESeq2 results from the airway package, made tidy with biobroom:
# Load libraries (install with Bioconductor if you don't have them)

# Load the data and do the RNA-seq data analysis
airway = DESeqDataSet(airway, design = ~cell + dex)
airway = DESeq(airway)
res = results(airway)

# tidy results with biobroom
res_tidy = tidy.DESeqResults(res)

## Source: local data frame [6 x 7]
##              gene    baseMean    estimate   stderror  statistic
##             (chr)       (dbl)       (dbl)      (dbl)      (dbl)
## 1 ENSG00000000003 708.6021697  0.37424998 0.09873107  3.7906000
## 2 ENSG00000000005   0.0000000          NA         NA         NA
## 3 ENSG00000000419 520.2979006 -0.20215550 0.10929899 -1.8495642
## 4 ENSG00000000457 237.1630368 -0.03624826 0.13684258 -0.2648902
## 5 ENSG00000000460  57.9326331  0.08523370 0.24654400  0.3457140
## 6 ENSG00000000938   0.3180984  0.11555962 0.14630523  0.7898530
## Variables not shown: p.value (dbl), p.adjusted (dbl)
Now, make a table with the results (unfortunately, it’ll be split in this display, but you can write this to file to see all the columns in a single row):
res_tidy %>% 
  arrange(p.adjusted) %>% 
  head(20) %>% 
  inner_join(grch38, by=c("gene"="ensgene")) %>% 
  select(gene, estimate, p.adjusted, symbol, description) %>% 
  pander::pandoc.table(split.table=100, justify="lrrll", style="rmarkdown")
Table: Table continues below
SPARC-like 1 (hevin) [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:11220]
calcium channel, voltage-dependent, beta 2 subunit [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:1402]
SAM domain and HD domain 1 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:15925]
dual specificity phosphatase 1 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:3064]
monoamine oxidase A [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:6833]
glutathione peroxidase 3 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:4555]
STEAP family member 2, metalloreductase [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:17885]
nexilin (F actin binding protein) [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:29557]
metallothionein 2A [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:7406]
ADAM metallopeptidase with thrombospondin type 1 motif, 1 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:217]
FYVE, RhoGEF and PH domain containing 4 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:19125]
podoplanin [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:29602]
vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:12663]
period circadian clock 1 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:8845]
sortilin 1 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:11186]
Kruppel-like factor 15 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:14536]
potassium channel tetramerization domain containing 12 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:14678]
protease, serine, 35 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:21387]
coiled-coil domain containing 69 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:24487]
ADAM metallopeptidase domain 12 [Source:HGNC Symbol;Acc:HGNC:190]


This data can also be used for toying around with dplyr verbs and generally getting a sense of what’s in here. First, tet some help.
Let’s join the transcript table to the gene table.
gt = grch38_gt %>% 
  inner_join(grch38, by="ensgene")
Now, let’s filter to get only protein-coding genes, group by the ensembl gene ID, summarize to count how many transcripts are in each gene, inner join that result back to the original gene list, so we can select out only the gene, number of transcripts, symbol, and description, mutate the description column so that it isn’t so wide that it’ll break the display, arrange the returned data descending by the number of transcripts per gene, head to get the top 10 results, and optionally, pipe that to further utilities to output a nice HTML table.
gt %>% 
  filter(biotype=="protein_coding") %>% 
  group_by(ensgene) %>% 
  summarize(ntxps=n_distinct(enstxp)) %>% 
  inner_join(grch38, by="ensgene") %>% 
  select(ensgene, ntxps, symbol, description) %>% 
  mutate(description=substr(description, 1, 20)) %>% 
  arrange(desc(ntxps)) %>% 
  head(10) %>% 
  pander::pandoc.table(split.table=100, justify="lrll", style="rmarkdown")
ENSG0000016579577NDRG2NDRG family member 2
ENSG0000020533677ADGRG1adhesion G protein-c
ENSG0000019662875TCF4transcription factor
ENSG0000016124968DMKNdermokine [Source:HG
ENSG0000015455664SORBS2sorbin and SH3 domai
ENSG0000016644462ST5suppression of tumor
ENSG0000020458058DDR1discoidin domain rec
ENSG0000008746057GNASGNAS complex locus [
ENSG0000016939857PTK2protein tyrosine kin
ENSG0000010452956EEF1Deukaryotic translati
Let’s look up DMKN (dermkine) in Ensembl. Search Ensembl for ENSG00000161249, or use this direct link. You can browse the table or graphic to see the splicing complexity in this gene.

Or, let’s do something different. Let’s group the data by what type of gene it is (e.g., protein coding, pseudogene, etc), get the number of genes in each category, and plot the top 20.
grch38 %>% 
  group_by(biotype) %>% 
  summarize(n=n_distinct(ensgene)) %>% 
  arrange(desc(n)) %>% 
  head(20) %>% 
  ggplot(aes(reorder(biotype, n), n)) + 
  geom_bar(stat="identity") + 
  xlab("Type") + 
  theme_bw() + 

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