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Predicting protein function has become increasingly demanding in the era of next generation sequencing technology. The task to assign a curator-reviewed function to every single sequence is impracticable. Bioinformatics tools, easy to use and able to provide automatic and reliable annotations at a genomic scale, are necessary and urgent. In this scenario,(More)
BACKGROUND Microarray time series studies are essential to understand the dynamics of molecular events. In order to limit the analysis to those genes that change expression over time, a first necessary step is to select differentially expressed transcripts. A variety of methods have been proposed to this purpose; however, these methods are seldom applicable(More)
BACKGROUND Reconstructing regulatory networks from gene expression profiles is a challenging problem of functional genomics. In microarray studies the number of samples is often very limited compared to the number of genes, thus the use of discrete data may help reducing the probability of finding random associations between genes. RESULTS A quantization(More)
MOTIVATION Recent developments in experimental methods facilitate increasingly larger signal transduction datasets. Two main approaches can be taken to derive a mathematical model from these data: training a network (obtained, e.g., from literature) to the data, or inferring the network from the data alone. Purely data-driven methods scale up poorly and(More)
In the last decade, Next-Generation Sequencing technologies have been extensively applied to quantitative transcriptomics, making RNA sequencing a valuable alternative to microarrays for measuring and comparing gene transcription levels. Although several methods have been proposed to provide an unbiased estimate of transcript abundances through data(More)
We present a novel Reverse Engineering algorithm, CNET, to reconstruct Gene Regulatory Networks from microarray time series data. CNET can be considered an improvement of the Mutual Information approach, present in the REVEAL [5] algorithm, with an innovative scoring function, to cope with noise, quantization errors and gene characteristic transcription(More)
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Studying biological networks at topological level is a major issue in computational biology studies and simulation is often used in this context, either to assess reverse engineering algorithms or to investigate how topological properties depend on network parameters. In both contexts, it is desirable for a topology simulator to reproduce the current(More)
Next-generation sequencing technologies have fostered an unprecedented proliferation of high-throughput sequencing projects and a concomitant development of novel algorithms for the assembly of short reads. In this context, an important issue is the need of a careful assessment of the accuracy of the assembly process. Here, we review the efficiency of a(More)
Observations of systematic gene perturbation experiments have been proven the most informative for the identification of regulatory relations between genes. For this purpose, we present a novel Qualitative Reasoning approach, based on a qualitative abstraction of DNA-microarray data and on a set of IF-THEN inference rules. Our algorithm exhibits an(More)