Application of Information Theory for Understanding of HLA Gene Regulation in Leukemia

  • Durjoy MajumderEmail author
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 177)


The classical concept of information entropy can be useful in analyzing data pertaining to bioinformatics. In the present work, this has been utilized in understanding of the regulation of HLA gene expression by the inducible promoter region binding transcription factors (TFs). Human HLA surface expression data acquired through flow cytometry and corresponding different TFs expression data acquired through semi-quantitative PCR have been used in this work. The gene regulation phenomenon is considered as an information propagation channel with an amount of distortion. Information entropies computed for the source, receiver and computation of channel equivocation and mutual information are used to characterize the phenomenon of HLA gene regulation. The results obtained in the current exercise reveals that the state of leukemia alters the role of each TF, which tally with the current hypotheses about HLA gene regulation in different leukemias. Hence, this work shows the applicability of information theory in understanding of HLA gene regulation derived from human data.


MHC expression Information entropy channel entropy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyWest Bengal State UniversityKolkataIndia

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