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Study of Meta-analysis strategies for network inference using information-theoretic approaches.
BioData Min ; 10: 15, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28484519


Reverse engineering of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) from gene expression data is a classical challenge in systems biology. Thanks to high-throughput technologies, a massive amount of gene-expression data has been accumulated in the public repositories. Modelling GRNs from multiple experiments (also called integrative analysis) has; therefore, naturally become a standard procedure in modern computational biology. Indeed, such analysis is usually more robust than the traditional approaches, which suffer from experimental biases and the low number of samples by analysing individual datasets. To date, there are mainly two strategies for the problem of interest: the first one ("data merging") merges all datasets together and then infers a GRN whereas the other ("networks ensemble") infers GRNs from every dataset separately and then aggregates them using some ensemble rules (such as ranksum or weightsum). Unfortunately, a thorough comparison of these two approaches is lacking.


In this work, we are going to present another meta-analysis approach for inferring GRNs from multiple studies. Our proposed meta-analysis approach, adapted to methods based on pairwise measures such as correlation or mutual information, consists of two steps: aggregating matrices of the pairwise measures from every dataset followed by extracting the network from the meta-matrix. Afterwards, we evaluate the performance of the two commonly used approaches mentioned above and our presented approach with a systematic set of experiments based on in silico benchmarks.


We proposed a first systematic evaluation of different strategies for reverse engineering GRNs from multiple datasets. Experiment results strongly suggest that assembling matrices of pairwise dependencies is a better strategy for network inference than the two commonly used ones.





Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Idioma: Inglês Revista: BioData Min Ano de publicação: 2017 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: Bélgica