Reproducibility of mass spectrometry based protein profiles for diagnosis of ovarian cancer across clinical studies: A systematic review.
ABSTRACT The focus of this systematic review is to give an overview of the current status of clinical protein profiling studies using MALDI and SELDI MS platforms in the search for ovarian cancer biomarkers. A total of 34 profiling studies were qualified for inclusion in the review. Comparative analysis of published discriminatory peaks to peaks found in an original MALDI MS protein profiling study was made to address the key question of reproducibility across studies. An overlap was found despite substantial heterogeneity between studies relating to study design, biological material, pre-analytical treatment, and data analysis. About 47% of the peaks reported to be associated to ovarian cancer were also represented in our experimental study, and 34% of these redetected peaks also showed a significant difference between cases and controls in our study. Thus, despite known problems related to reproducibility an overlap in peaks between clinical studies was demonstrated, which indicate convergence toward a set of common discriminating, reproducible peaks for ovarian cancer. The potential of the discriminating protein peaks for clinical use as ovarian cancer biomarkers will be discussed and evaluated. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Proteomics: The clinical link.
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Cancer is a complex disease where molecular mechanism remains elusive. A systems approach is needed to integrate diverse biological information for the prognosis and therapy risk assessment using mechanistic approach to understand gene interactions in pathways and networks and functional attributes to unravel the biological behaviour of tumors. RESULTS: We weighted the functional attributes based on various functional properties observed between cancerous and non-cancerous genes reported from literature. This weighing schema was then encoded in a Boolean logic framework to rank differentially expressed genes. We have identified 17 genes to be differentially expressed from a total of 11,173 genes, where ten genes are reported to be down-regulated via epigenetic inactivation and seven genes are up-regulated. Here, we report that the overexpressed genes IRAK1, CHEK1 and BUB1 may play an important role in ovarian cancer. We also show that these 17 genes can be used to form an ovarian cancer signature, to distinguish normal from ovarian cancer subjects and that the set of three genes, CHEK1, AR, and LYN, can be used to classify good and poor prognostic tumors. CONCLUSION: We provided a workflow using a Boolean logic schema for the identification of differentially expressed genes by integrating diverse biological information. This integrated approach resulted in the identification of genes as potential biomarkers in ovarian cancer.BMC Systems Biology 02/2013; 7(1):12. · 2.98 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Recent development of novel technologies paved the way for quantitative proteomics. One of the most important among them is iTRAQ, employing isobaric tags for relative or absolute quantitation. Despite large progress in technology development, still many challenges remain for derivation and interpretation of quantitative results. One of these challenges is the consistent assignment of peptides to proteins. We have developed Peptide Profiling Guided Identification of Proteins (PPINGUIN), a statistical analysis workflow for iTRAQ data addressing the problem of ambiguous peptide quantitations. Motivated by the assumption that peptides uniquely derived from the same protein are correlated, our method employs clustering as a very early step in data processing prior to protein inference. Our method increases experimental reproducibility and decreases variability of quantitations of peptides assigned to the same protein. Giving further support to our method, application to a type 2 diabetes dataset identifies a list of protein candidates that is in very good agreement with previously performed transcriptomics meta analysis. Making use of quantitative properties of signal patterns identified, PPINGUIN can reveal new isoform candidates. Regarding the increasing importance of quantitative proteomics we think that this method will be useful in practical applications like model fitting or functional enrichment analysis. We recommend to use this method if quantitation is a major objective of research.BMC Bioinformatics 02/2012; 13:34. · 3.02 Impact Factor