Gene ontology (GO) analysis for a list of Genes (with ENTREZID) in R?

I am very new with the GO analysis and I am a bit confuse how to do it my list of genes.

I have a list of genes (n=10):


    SYMBOL ENTREZID                              GENENAME
1    AFAP1    60312   actin filament associated protein 1
2  ANAPC11    51529 anaphase promoting complex subunit 11
3   ANAPC5    51433  anaphase promoting complex subunit 5
4     ATL2    64225                     atlastin GTPase 2
5    AURKA     6790                       aurora kinase A
6    CCNB2     9133                             cyclin B2
7    CCND2      894                             cyclin D2
8    CDCA2   157313      cell division cycle associated 2
9    CDCA7    83879      cell division cycle associated 7
10  CDCA7L    55536 cell division cycle associated 7-like

and I simply want to find their function and I've been suggested to use GO analysis tools. I am not sure if it's a correct way to do so. here is my solution:

x <- org.Hs.egGO

# Get the entrez gene identifiers that are mapped to a GO ID

    xx<- as.list(x[gene_list$ENTREZID])

So, I've got a list with EntrezID that are assigned to several GO terms for each genes. for example:

> xx$`60312`
[1] "GO:0009966"

[1] "IEA"

[1] "BP"

[1] "GO:0051493"

[1] "IEA"

[1] "BP"

My question is : how can I find the function for each of these genes in a simpler way and I also wondered if I am doing it right or? because I want to add the function to the gene_list as a function/GO column.

Thanks in advance,


EDIT: There is a new Bioinformatics SE (currently in beta mode).

I hope I get what you are aiming here.

BTW, for bioinformatics related topics, you can also have a look at biostar which have the same purpose as SO but for bioinformatics

If you just want to have a list of each function related to the gene, you can query database such ENSEMBl through the biomaRt bioconductor package which is an API for querying biomart database. You will need internet though to do the query.

Bioconductor proposes packages for bioinformatics studies and these packages come generally along with good vignettes which get you through the different steps of the analysis (and even highlight how you should design your data or which would be then some of the pitfalls).

In your case, directly from biomaRt vignette - task 2 in particular:

Note: there are slightly quicker way that the one I reported below:

# load the library

# I prefer ensembl so that the one I will query, but you can
# query other bases, try out: listMarts() 

# as it seems that you are looking for human genes:
ensembl = useDataset("hsapiens_gene_ensembl",mart=ensembl)
# if you want other model organisms have a look at:

You need to create your query (your list of ENTREZ ids). To see which filters you can query:

filters = listFilters(ensembl)

And then you want to retrieve attributes : your GO number and description. To see the list of available attributes

attributes = listAttributes(ensembl)

For you, the query would look like something as:

goids = getBM(

        #you want entrezgene so you know which is what, the GO ID and
        # name_1006 is actually the identifier of 'Go term name'
        attributes=c('entrezgene','go_id', 'name_1006'), 


The query itself can take a while.

Then you can always collapse the information in two columns (but I won't recommend it for anything else that reporting purposes).

                                   data.frame('ENTREZGENE'= x,
                                  'Go.ID'= paste(tempo$go_id,collapse=' ; '),
                                  'GO.term'=paste(tempo$name_1006,collapse=' ; '))


If you want to query a past version of the ensembl database:


and then the query would be:

goids = getBM(attributes=c('entrezgene','go_id', 'name_1006'),  

However, if you had in mind to do a GO enrichment analysis, your list of genes is too short.

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