Application of Independent Component Analysis to Tumor Transcriptomes Reveals Specific and Reproducible Immune-Related Signals

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10891)


Independent Component Analysis (ICA) can be used to model gene expression data as an action of a set of statistically independent hidden factors. The ICA analysis with a downstream component analysis was successfully applied to transcriptomic data previously in order to decompose bulk transcriptomic data into interpretable hidden factors. Some of these factors reflect the presence of an immune infiltrate in the tumor environment. However, no foremost studies focused on reproducibility of the ICA-based immune-related signal in the tumor transcriptome. In this work, we use ICA to detect immune signals in six independent transcriptomic datasets. We observe several strongly reproducible immune-related signals when ICA is applied in sufficiently high-dimensional space (close to one hundred). Interestingly, we can interpret these signals as cell-type specific signals reflecting a presence of T-cells, B-cells and myeloid cells, which are of high interest in the field of oncoimmunology. Further quantification of these signals in tumoral transcriptomes has a therapeutic potential.


Blind source separation Unsupervised learning Genomic data analysis Cancer Immunology 



We thank Vassili Soumelis for discussions on multidimensionality of biological systems. This work has been funded by INSERM Plan Cancer \(\mathrm {N}\) BIO2014-08 COMET grant under ITMO Cancer BioSys program and by ITMO Cancer (AVIESAN) who provided 3-year PhD grant. We would like to acknowledge as well foundation Bettencourt Schueller and Center for Interdisciplinary Research funding for the training of the PhD student.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Curie, INSERM U900, PSL Research University, Mines ParisTechParisFrance
  2. 2.Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Computational Systems Biology, Center for Life Sciences, National Laboratory AstanaNazarbayev UniversityAstanaKazakhstan
  3. 3.Center for Interdisciplinary ResearchParis Descartes UniversityParisFrance

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