Prediction of survival risks with adjusted gene expression through risk-gene networks

Minhyeok Lee, Sung Won Han, Junhee Seok

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Motivation: Network-based analysis of biomedical data has been extensively studied over the last decades. As a successful application, gene networks have been used to illustrate interactions among genes and explain the associated phenotypes. However, the gene network approaches have not been actively applied for survival analysis, which is one of the main interests of biomedical research. In addition, a few previous studies using gene networks for survival analysis construct networks mainly from prior knowledge, such as pathways, regulations and gene sets, while the performance considerably depends on the selection of prior knowledge. Results: In this paper, we propose a data-driven construction method for survival risk-gene networks as well as a survival risk prediction method using the network structure. The proposed method constructs risk-gene networks with survival-associated genes using penalized regression. Then, gene expression indices are hierarchically adjusted through the networks to reduce the variance intrinsic in datasets. By illustrating risk-gene structure, the proposed method is expected to provide an intuition for the relationship between genes and survival risks. The risk-gene network is applied to a low grade glioma dataset, and produces a hypothesis of the relationship between genetic biomarkers of low and high grade glioma. Moreover, with multiple datasets, we demonstrate that the proposed method shows superior prediction performance compared to other conventional methods. Availability and implementation: The R package of risk-gene networks is freely available in the web at Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4898-4906
Number of pages9
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the grants from National Research Foundation of Korea funded by Korea government (NRF-2017R1C1B2002850, NRF-2017R1E1A1A03070507); and Korea University (K1719881, K1822881).

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© 2019 The Author(s).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics


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