AN INTEGRATIVE ANALYSIS OF CANCER GENE EXPRESSION STUDIES USING BAYESIAN LATENT FACTOR MODELING.

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Journal Article

We present an applied study in cancer genomics for integrating data and inferences from laboratory experiments on cancer cell lines with observational data obtained from human breast cancer studies. The biological focus is on improving understanding of transcriptional responses of tumors to changes in the pH level of the cellular microenvironment. The statistical focus is on connecting experimentally defined biomarkers of such responses to clinical outcome in observational studies of breast cancer patients. Our analysis exemplifies a general strategy for accomplishing this kind of integration across contexts. The statistical methodologies employed here draw heavily on Bayesian sparse factor models for identifying, modularizing and correlating with clinical outcome these signatures of aggregate changes in gene expression. By projecting patterns of biological response linked to specific experimental interventions into observational studies where such responses may be evidenced via variation in gene expression across samples, we are able to define biomarkers of clinically relevant physiological states and outcomes that are rooted in the biology of the original experiment. Through this approach we identify microenvironment-related prognostic factors capable of predicting long term survival in two independent breast cancer datasets. These results suggest possible directions for future laboratory studies, as well as indicate the potential for therapeutic advances though targeted disruption of specific pathway components.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Merl, D; Chen, JL-Y; Chi, J-T; West, M

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1675 - 1694

PubMed ID

  • 20953268

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20953268

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1932-6157

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States