1 Introduction

The MethylSeqData package provides convenient access to several publicly available data sets in the form of SummarizedExperiment objects. The focus of this package is to capture datasets that are not easily read into R with a one-liner from, e.g., read.csv(). Instead, we do the necessary data munging so that users only need to call a single function to obtain a well-formed SummarizedExperiment`. For example:

brain <- RizzardiHickeyBrain()
## class: RangedSummarizedExperiment 
## dim: 24044157 72 
## metadata(0):
## assays(2): M Cov
## rownames: NULL
## rowData names(0):
## colnames(72): 5085_NAcc_unsorted 5086_BA9_unsorted ... 5628_NAcc_neg
##   5628_NAcc_pos
## colData names(3): donor neun tissue

Readers are referred to the SummarizedExperiment documentation for further information on how to work with SummarizedExperiment objects.

2 Available data sets

The listDatasets() function returns all available datasets in MethylSeqData, along with some summary statistics and the necessary R command to load them.

out <- listDatasets()
Reference Taxonomy Part Number Call
Rizzardi et al. (2019) Human brain 72 RizzardiHickeyBrain()
Chen et al. (2018) Mouse mammary gland 6 ChenMammaryData()

3 Adding new data sets

Please contact us if you have a data set that you would like to see added to this package. The only requirement is that your data set has publicly available count matrices and sample annotation. The more difficult/custom the format, the better, as its inclusion in this package will provide more value for other users in the R/Bioconductor community.

If you have already written code that processes your desired data set in a SummarizedExperiment-like form, we would welcome a pull request here. The process can be expedited by ensuring that you have the following files:

Potential contributors are recommended to examine some of the existing scripts in the package to pick up the coding conventions. Remember, we’re more likely to accept a contribution if it’s indistinguishable from something we might have written ourselves!


Chen, Y, B Pal, JE Visvader, and GK Smyth. 2018. “Differential Methylation Analysis of Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing Experiments Using edgeR [Version 2; Peer Review: 2 Approved, 1 Approved with Reservations].” F1000Research 6 (2055).

Rizzardi, Lindsay F, Peter F Hickey, Varenka Rodriguez DiBlasi, Rakel Tryggvadóttir, Colin M Callahan, Adrian Idrizi, Kasper D Hansen, and Andrew P Feinberg. 2019. “Neuronal Brain-Region-Specific Dna Methylation and Chromatin Accessibility Are Associated with Neuropsychiatric Trait Heritability.” Nature Neuroscience 22 (2): 307–16.