Study Design in DIGE-Based Biomarker Discovery

  • Alexandra Graf
  • Rudolf OehlerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 854)


The DIGE technology allows the detection of small differences in the expression level of abundant proteins. Many diseases are associated with quantitative deviations of proteins which might represent useful biomarkers for diagnosis or prognosis. DIGE is therefore a highly convenient method for the characterization of disease-related expression changes. This chapter focuses on the study design in DIGE-based biomarker discovery. It introduces the statistical implications of testing thousands of proteins in parallel and discusses the solutions proposed by the literature. The outline provided in the method section tries to guide the researcher through the different statistical considerations, which have to be taken into account in biomarker detection. Special emphasis is given to the use of sample sizes of sufficient statistical power and to the statistical evaluation of the results.

Key words

Sample size calculation Power calculation Clinical proteomics Biomarker research Study design DIGE 



We thank Sonja Zehetmayer for helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Medical Statistics, Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent SystemsMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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