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Disease-related gene module detection based on a multi-label propagation clustering algorithm

Xiongwen Quan, Xue Jiang, Yanbin Yin, Han Zhang, Zhandong Liu

by Xue Jiang, Han Zhang, Xiongwen Quan, Zhandong Liu, Yanbin Yin

Detecting disease-related gene modules by analyzing gene expression data is of great significance. It is helpful for exploratory analysis of the interaction mechanisms of genes under complex disease phenotypes. The multi-label propagation algorithm (MLPA) has been widely used in module detection for its fast and easy implementation. The accuracy of MLPA greatly depends on the connections between nodes, and most existing research focuses on measuring the similarity between nodes. However, MLPA does not perform well with loose connections between disease-related genes. Moreover, the biological significance of modules obtained by MLPA has not been demonstrated. To solve these problems, we designed a double label propagation clustering algorithm (DLPCA) based on MLPA to study Huntington’s disease. In DLPCA, in addition to category labels, we introduced pathogenic labels to supervise the process of multi-label propagation clustering. The pathogenic labels contain pathogenic information about disease genes and the hierarchical structure of gene expression data. Experimental results demonstrated the superior performance of DLPCA compared with other conventional gene-clustering algorithms.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178006

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