Differential and trajectory methods for time course gene expression data


MOTIVATION The issue of high dimensionality in microarray data has been, and remains, a hot topic in statistical and computational analysis. Efficient gene filtering and differentiation approaches can reduce the dimensions of data, help to remove redundant genes and noises, and highlight the most relevant genes that are major players in the development of certain diseases or the effect of drug treatment. The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficiency of parametric (including Bayesian and non-Bayesian, linear and non-linear), non-parametric and semi-parametric gene filtering methods through the application of time course microarray data from multiple sclerosis patients being treated with interferon-beta-1a. The analysis of variance with bootstrapping (parametric), class dispersion (semi-parametric) and Pareto (non-parametric) with permutation methods are presented and compared for filtering and finding differentially expressed genes. The Bayesian linear correlated model, the Bayesian non-linear model the and non-Bayesian mixed effects model with bootstrap were also developed to characterize the differential expression patterns. Furthermore, trajectory-clustering approaches were developed in order to investigate the dynamic patterns and inter-dependency of drug treatment effects on gene expression. RESULTS Results show that the presented methods performed significant differently but all were adequate in capturing a small number of the potentially relevant genes to the disease. The parametric method, such as the mixed model and two Bayesian approaches proved to be more conservative. This may because these methods are based on overall variation in expression across all time points. The semi-parametric (class dispersion) and non-parametric (Pareto) methods were appropriate in capturing variation in expression from time point to time point, thereby making them more suitable for investigating significant monotonic changes and trajectories of changes in gene expressions in time course microarray data. Also, the non-linear Bayesian model proved to be less conservative than linear Bayesian correlated growth models to filter out the redundant genes, although the linear model showed better fit than non-linear model (smaller DIC). We also report the trajectories of significant genes-since we have been able to isolate trajectories of genes whose regulations appear to be inter-dependent.

DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bti465

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