Joint reconstruction of multiple gene networks by simultaneously capturing inter-tumor and intra-tumor heterogeneity

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Author(s)

  • Jia-Juan Tu
  • Le Ou-Yang
  • Hong Yan
  • Xiao-Fei Zhang
  • Hong Qin

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2755-2762
Journal / PublicationBioinformatics
Volume36
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

Abstract

Motivation: Reconstruction of cancer gene networks from gene expression data is important for understanding the mechanisms underlying human cancer. Due to heterogeneity, the tumor tissue samples for a single cancer type can be divided into multiple distinct subtypes (inter-tumor heterogeneity) and are composed of non-cancerous and cancerous cells (intra-tumor heterogeneity). If tumor heterogeneity is ignored when inferring gene networks, the edges specific to individual cancer subtypes and cell types cannot be characterized. However, most existing network reconstruction methods do not simultaneously take inter-tumor and intra-tumor heterogeneity into account.
Results: In this article, we propose a new Gaussian graphical model-based method for jointly estimating multiple cancer gene networks by simultaneously capturing inter-tumor and intra-tumor heterogeneity. Given gene expression data of heterogeneous samples for different cancer subtypes, a non-cancerous network shared across different cancer subtypes and multiple subtype-specific cancerous networks are estimated jointly. Tumor heterogeneity can be revealed by the difference in the estimated networks. The performance of our method is first evaluated using simulated data, and the results indicate that our method outperforms other state-of-the-art methods. We also apply our method to The Cancer Genome Atlas breast cancer data to reconstruct non-cancerous and subtype-specific cancerous gene networks. Hub nodes in the networks estimated by our method perform important biological functions associated with breast cancer development and subtype classification. AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: The source code is available at https://github.com/Zhangxf-ccnu/NETI2. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Citation Format(s)

Joint reconstruction of multiple gene networks by simultaneously capturing inter-tumor and intra-tumor heterogeneity. / Tu, Jia-Juan; Ou-Yang, Le; Yan, Hong; Zhang, Xiao-Fei; Qin, Hong.

In: Bioinformatics, Vol. 36, No. 9, 01.05.2020, p. 2755-2762.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review