Weighted Gene Co-expression Network Analysis Applied to Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Data

  • Fernanda Correia Barbosa
  • Joel P. Arrais
  • José Luís Oliveira
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 42)

Abstract

Microarray technology has made possible the simultaneous monitoring of the expression levels of thousands of genes under multiple disease states. Due to the high complexity of the obtained data the use of computational methods for extracting biological evidences is still a major issue. In this work we address this problem by adjusting the use of gene coexpression networks to analyze a Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) dataset. The proposed method applies hierarchic clustering to identify gene modules using the topological overlap dissimilarity measure after, defining a gene co-expression similarity, defining a family of adjacency functions and calculating their parameters. This method calculates the eigengenes of each module to define a network of modules and the correlation between the eigengenes and the risk factors, identifying modules of genes where those are more expressed and associating these concepts to gene ontology functional terms. The preliminary results described in this paper contribute to reveal the molecular mechanisms associated with HNSCC and the contribution of experimental factors types like differentiation, alcohol use, sex, age, tumor site, smoking pack years and race.

Keywords

gene expression co-expression network head neck cancer 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernanda Correia Barbosa
    • 1
    • 3
  • Joel P. Arrais
    • 2
  • José Luís Oliveira
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI), Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA)University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Informatics Engineering (DEI), Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC)University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Informatics and Systems Engineering (DEIS), Engineering Institute of Coimbra (ISEC)Polytechnic Institute of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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