MOTIVATION: The computational evaluation of candidate genes for hereditary disorders is a non-trivial task. Several excellent methods for disease gene prediction have been developed in the last two decades, exploiting widely differing data sources to infer diseaserelevant functional relationships between candidate genes and disorders. We have shown recently that spatially mapped, i.e. 3D, gene expression data from the mouse brain can be successfully used to prioritize candidate genes for human Mendelian disorders of the central nervous system. RESULTS: We improved our previous work two-fold: i) we demonstrate that condition-independent transcription factor binding affinities of the candidate genes' promoters are relevant for disease-gene prediction and can be integrated with our previous approach to significantly enhance its predictive power; and ii) we define a novel similarity measure-termed Relative Intensity Overlap (RIO)-for both 3D gene expression patterns and binding affinity profiles that better exploits their disease-relevant information content. Finally, we present novel disease gene predictions for eight loci associated with different syndromes of unknown molecular basis that are characterized by mental retardation.

Disease-gene discovery by integration of 3D gene expression and transcription factor binding affinities.

MOLINERIS, Ivan;DI CUNTO, Ferdinando;
2012

Abstract

MOTIVATION: The computational evaluation of candidate genes for hereditary disorders is a non-trivial task. Several excellent methods for disease gene prediction have been developed in the last two decades, exploiting widely differing data sources to infer diseaserelevant functional relationships between candidate genes and disorders. We have shown recently that spatially mapped, i.e. 3D, gene expression data from the mouse brain can be successfully used to prioritize candidate genes for human Mendelian disorders of the central nervous system. RESULTS: We improved our previous work two-fold: i) we demonstrate that condition-independent transcription factor binding affinities of the candidate genes' promoters are relevant for disease-gene prediction and can be integrated with our previous approach to significantly enhance its predictive power; and ii) we define a novel similarity measure-termed Relative Intensity Overlap (RIO)-for both 3D gene expression patterns and binding affinity profiles that better exploits their disease-relevant information content. Finally, we present novel disease gene predictions for eight loci associated with different syndromes of unknown molecular basis that are characterized by mental retardation.
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http://bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/12/20/bioinformatics.bts720.long
Piro RM; Molineris I; Di Cunto F; Eils R; König R
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