Using RTCGA package to download mutations data that are included in RTCGA.mutations package

Date of datasets release: 2015-11-01

Marcin Kosiński

2022-04-27

RTCGA package

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

source("http://bioconductor.org/biocLite.R")
biocLite("RTCGA")

or from github

if (!require(devtools)) {
    install.packages("devtools")
    require(devtools)
}
biocLite("RTCGA/RTCGA")

Furthermore, 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 RTCGA.

Use cases and examples are shown in RTCGA packages vignettes:

browseVignettes("RTCGA")

How to download RNAseq data to gain the same datasets as in RTCGA.rnaseq package?

There are many available date times of TCGA data releases. To see them all just type:

library(RTCGA)
checkTCGA('Dates')

Version 20151101.0.0 of RTCGA.mutations package contains mutations datasets which were released 2015-11-01. They were downloaded in the following way (which is mainly copied from http://rtcga.github.io/RTCGA/:

Available cohorts

All cohort names can be checked using:

For all cohorts the following code downloads the mutations data.

Downloading mutations files

Reading downloaded mutations dataset

Removing NA files from data2 folder

If there were not mutations data for some cohorts we should remove corresponding NA files.

Saving mutations data to RTCGA.mutations package

grep( "mutations", ls(), value = TRUE) %>%
   grep("path", x=., value = TRUE, invert = TRUE) %>%
   cat( sep="," ) #can one to it better? as from use_data documentation:
   # ...    Unquoted names of existing objects to save
   devtools::use_data(ACC.mutations,BLCA.mutations,BRCA.mutations,
                                     CESC.mutations,CHOL.mutations,COAD.mutations,
                                     COADREAD.mutations,DLBC.mutations,ESCA.mutations,
                                     GBMLGG.mutations,GBM.mutations,HNSC.mutations,
                                     KICH.mutations,KIPAN.mutations,KIRC.mutations,
                                     KIRP.mutations,LAML.mutations,LGG.mutations,
                                     LIHC.mutations,LUAD.mutations,LUSC.mutations,
                                     OV.mutations,PAAD.mutations,PCPG.mutations,
                                     PRAD.mutations,READ.mutations,SARC.mutations,
                                     SKCM.mutations,STAD.mutations,STES.mutations,
                                     TGCT.mutations,THCA.mutations,UCEC.mutations,
                                     UCS.mutations,UVM.mutations,
                     # overwrite = TRUE,
                      compress="xz")