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From gene expression to gene regulatory networks in Arabidopsis thaliana

Needham, C.J., Manfield, I.W., Bulpitt, A.J., Gilmartin, P.M. and Westhead, D.R. (2009) From gene expression to gene regulatory networks in Arabidopsis thaliana. BMC Systems Biology , 3 (85). ISSN 1752-0509

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Abstract

BACKGROUND The elucidation of networks from a compendium of gene expression data is one of the goals of systems biology and can be a valuable source of new hypotheses for experimental researchers. For Arabidopsis, there exist several thousand microarrays which form a valuable resource from which to learn.

RESULTS A novel Bayesian network-based algorithm to infer gene regulatory networks from gene expression data is introduced and applied to learn parts of the transcriptomic network in Arabidopsis thaliana from a large number (thousands) of separate microarray experiments. Starting from an initial set of genes of interest, a network is grown by iterative addition to the model of the gene, from another defined set of genes, which gives the 'best' learned network structure. The gene set for iterative growth can be as large as the entire genome. A number of networks are inferred and analysed; these show (i) an agreement with the current literature on the circadian clock network, (ii) the ability to model other networks, and (iii) that the learned network hypotheses can suggest new roles for poorly characterized genes, through addition of relevant genes from an unconstrained list of over 15,000 possible genes. To demonstrate the latter point, the method is used to suggest that particular GATA transcription factors are regulators of photosynthetic genes. Additionally, the performance in recovering a known network from different amounts of synthetically.

CONCLUSION Our results show that plausible regulatory networks can be learned from such gene expression data alone. This work demonstrates that network hypotheses can be generated from existing gene expression data for use by experimental.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 Needham et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds) > Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds) > Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 10:34
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 11:15
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-0509-3-85
Status: Published
Publisher: Biomed Central
Identification Number: 10.1186/1752-0509-3-85
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10796

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