• MSF: Modulated Sub-graph Finder

    • Mariam R. Farman
      Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna
    • Ivo L. Hofacker
      Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna
    • Fabian Amman
      Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna
  • High throughput techniques such as RNA-seq or microarray analysis have proven to be invaluable for the characterizing of global transcriptional gene activity changes due to external stimuli or diseases. Differential gene expression analysis (DGEA) is the first step in the course of data interpretation, typically producing lists of dozens to thousands of differentially expressed genes. To further guide the interpretation of these lists, different pathway analysis approaches have been developed. These tools typically rely on the classification of genes into sets of genes, such as pathways, based on the interactions between the genes and their function in a common biological process. Regardless of technical differences, these methods do not properly account for cross talk between different pathways and most of the methods rely on binary separation into differentially expressed gene and unaffected genes based on an arbitrarily set p-value cut-off. To overcome this limitation, we developed a novel approach to identify concertedly modulated sub-graphs in the global cell signaling network, based on the DGEA results of all genes tested. To this end, expression patterns of genes are integrated according to the topology of their interactions and allow potentially to read the flow of information and identify the effectors. The described software, named Modulated Sub-graph Finder (MSF) is freely available at https://github.com/Modulated-Subgraph-Finder/MSF.

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  • http://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:1032863

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  • Published Version

  • F1000Research

  • 2019

  • 7

  • F1000 ( Faculty of 1000 Ltd)

  • English

  • Open access

  • CC BY Attribution 4.0 International
    © 2019 Farman MR et al

  • I 2353-B22 – Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

  • SFB F43 – Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

  • 2046-1402

  • Differential gene expression analysis; pathway analysis; combining p-value; cell signalling network