A modular framework for gene set analysis integrating multilevel omics data.
Nucleic Acids Res. 41, 9622-9633 (2013)
Modern high-throughput methods allow the investigation of biological functions across multiple 'omics' levels. Levels include mRNA and protein expression profiling as well as additional knowledge on, for example, DNA methylation and microRNA regulation. The reason for this interest in multi-omics is that actual cellular responses to different conditions are best explained mechanistically when taking all omics levels into account. To map gene products to their biological functions, public ontologies like Gene Ontology are commonly used. Many methods have been developed to identify terms in an ontology, overrepresented within a set of genes. However, these methods are not able to appropriately deal with any combination of several data types. Here, we propose a new method to analyse integrated data across multiple omics-levels to simultaneously assess their biological meaning. We developed a model-based Bayesian method for inferring interpretable term probabilities in a modular framework. Our Multi-level ONtology Analysis (MONA) algorithm performed significantly better than conventional analyses of individual levels and yields best results even for sophisticated models including mRNA fine-tuning by microRNAs. The MONA framework is flexible enough to allow for different underlying regulatory motifs or ontologies. It is ready-to-use for applied researchers and is available as a standalone application from http://icb.helmholtz-muenchen.de/mona.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Microrna Expression ; Enrichment Analysis ; Signaling Pathways ; Breast-cancer ; Model ; Cisplatin ; Profiles ; Ontology ; Biology ; Information
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0305-1048
Zeitschrift Nucleic Acids Research
Quellenangaben Band: 41, Heft: 21, Seiten: 9622-9633
Verlag Oxford University Press ; HighWire Press
Institut(e) Institute of Computational Biology (ICB)