Discovering Functional Relationships Between RNA Expression and Chemotherapeutic Susceptibility Using Relevance Networks

Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 11/2000; 97(22):12182-6. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.220392197
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In an effort to find gene regulatory networks and clusters of genes that affect cancer susceptibility to anticancer agents, we joined a database with baseline expression levels of 7,245 genes measured by using microarrays in 60 cancer cell lines, to a database with the amounts of 5,084 anticancer agents needed to inhibit growth of those same cell lines. Comprehensive pair-wise correlations were calculated between gene expression and measures of agent susceptibility. Associations weaker than a threshold strength were removed, leaving networks of highly correlated genes and agents called relevance networks. Hypotheses for potential single-gene determinants of anticancer agent susceptibility were constructed. The effect of random chance in the large number of calculations performed was empirically determined by repeated random permutation testing; only associations stronger than those seen in multiply permuted data were used in clustering. We discuss the advantages of this methodology over alternative approaches, such as phylogenetic-type tree clustering and self-organizing maps.

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    • "The Relevance Network (RelNet) constructs a network in which a pair of random variables X i and Y j is linked by an edge if the mutual information I(X i ,Y j ) is larger than a given threshold [27]. The Context Likelihood of Relatedness (CLR) algorithm derives a score from the empirical distribution of the mutual information for each pair of random variables X i and Y j [28]. "
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    • "miRNA relevant networks were created by connecting adipose core miRNAs according to the correlation (R2 ≥ 0.95) of their expression over 24 samples using Relevance Networks tool [77] from the Multiple Array Viewer from Multi Experiment Viewer software (v.4.8) [78]. Prediction of target genes was performed for each core adipose miRNA using TargetScan 6.2 for mammals and customized by species (cow/Bos taurus) ( "
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    • "is an extension of the relevance network approach [4]. The latter approach has been introduced for gene clustering and successfully applied to infer relationships between RNA expression and chemotherapeutic susceptibility [3]. The relevance networks approach consists of inferring a network in which a pair of genes {X i , X j } are linked by an edge if the mutual information I(X i ; X j ) is larger than a given threshold θ. "
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