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  • 1.
    Deo, Ameya
    et al.
    University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    Carlsson, Jessica
    University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    Lindlof, Angelica
    University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    HOW TO CHOOSE A NORMALIZATION STRATEGY FOR MIRNA QUANTITATIVE REAL-TIME (QPCR) ARRAYS2011In: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, ISSN 0219-7200, E-ISSN 1757-6334, Vol. 9, no 6, p. 795-812Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Low-density arrays for quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) are increasingly being used as an experimental technique for miRNA expression profiling. As with gene expression profiling using microarrays, data from such experiments needs effective analysis methods to produce reliable and high-quality results. In the pre-processing of the data, one crucial analysis step is normalization, which aims to reduce measurement errors and technical variability among arrays that might have arisen during the execution of the experiments. However, there are currently a number of different approaches to choose among and an unsuitable applied method may induce misleading effects, which could affect the subsequent analysis steps and thereby any conclusions drawn from the results. The choice of normalization method is hence an important issue to consider. In this study we present the comparison of a number of data-driven normalization methods for TaqMan low-density arrays for qPCR and different descriptive statistical techniques that can facilitate the choice of normalization method. The performance of the normalization methods was assessed and compared against each other as well as against standard normalization using endogenous controls. The results clearly show that the data-driven methods reduce variation and represent robust alternatives to using endogenous controls.

  • 2.
    Gamalielsson, Jonas
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Olsson, Björn
    University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    Gene Ontology-based Semantic Alignment of Biological Pathways by Evolutionary Search2008In: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, ISSN 0219-7200, E-ISSN 1757-6334, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 825-842Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A large number of biological pathways have been elucidated recently, and there is a need for methods to analyze these pathways. One class of methods compares pathways semantically in order to discover parts that are evolutionarily conserved between species or to discover intraspecies similarities. Such methods usually require that the topologies of the pathways being compared are known, i.e. that a query pathway is being aligned to a model pathway. However, sometimes the query only consists of an unordered set of gene products. Previous methods for mapping sets of gene products onto known pathways have not been based on semantic comparison of gene products using ontologies or other abstraction hierarchies. Therefore, we here propose an approach that uses a similarity function defined in Gene Ontology (GO) terms to find semantic alignments when comparing paths in biological pathways where the nodes are gene products. A known pathway graph is used as a model, and an evolutionary algorithm (EA) is used to evolve putative paths from a set of experimentally determined gene products. The method uses a measure of GO term similarity to calculate a match score between gene products, and the fitness value of each candidate path alignment is derived from these match scores. A statistical test is used to assess the significance of evolved alignments. The performance of the method has been tested using regulatory pathways for S. cerevisiae and M. musculus.

  • 3.
    Olsson, Björn
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Gawronska, Barbara
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Erlendsson, Björn
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Deriving pathway maps from automated text analysis using a grammar-based approach2006In: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, ISSN 0219-7200, E-ISSN 1757-6334, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 483-501Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate how automated text analysis can be used to support the large-scale analysis of metabolic and regulatory pathways by deriving pathway maps from textual descriptions found in the scientific literature. The main assumption is that correct syntactic analysis combined with domain-specific heuristics provides a good basis for relation extraction. Our method uses an algorithm that searches through the syntactic trees produced by a parser based on a Referent Grammar formalism, identifies relations mentioned in the sentence, and classifies them with respect to their semantic class and epistemic status (facts, counterfactuals, hypotheses). The semantic categories used in the classification are based on the relation set used in KEGG (Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes), so that pathway maps using KEGG notation can be automatically generated. We present the current version of the relation extraction algorithm and an evaluation based on a corpus of abstracts obtained from PubMed. The results indicate that the method is able to combine a reasonable coverage with high accuracy. We found that 61% of all sentences were parsed, and 97% of the parse trees were judged to be correct. The extraction algorithm was tested on a sample of 300 parse trees and was found to produce correct extractions in 90.5% of the cases.

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