We describe an analysis, applicable to any spotted microarray dataset produced using genomic DNA as a reference, that quantifies prokaryotic levels of mRNA on a genome-wide scale. Applying this to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, we validate the technique, show a correlation between level of expression and biological importance, define the complement of invariant genes and analyze absolute levels of expression by functional class to develop ways of understanding an organism's biology without comparison to another growth condition. © 2007 Sidders et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Sidders, B., Withers, M., Kendall, S. L., Bacon, J., Waddell, S. J., Hinds, J., … Stoker, N. G. (2007). Quantification of global transcription patterns in prokaryotes using spotted microarrays. Genome Biology, 8(12). https://doi.org/10.1186/gb-2007-8-12-r265