A gene sets approach for identifying prognostic gene signatures for outcome prediction.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Gene expression profiling is a promising approach to better estimate patient prognosis; however, there are still unresolved problems, including little overlap among similarly developed gene sets and poor performance of a developed gene set in other datasets. RESULTS:We applied a gene sets approach to develop a prognostic gene set from multiple gene expression datasets. By analyzing 12 independent breast cancer gene expression datasets comprising 1,756 tissues with 2,411 pre-defined gene sets including gene ontology categories and pathways, we found many gene sets that were prognostic in most of the analyzed datasets. Those prognostic gene sets were related to biological processes such as cell cycle and proliferation and had additional prognostic values over conventional clinical parameters such as tumor grade, lymph node status, estrogen receptor (ER) status, and tumor size. We then estimated the prediction accuracy of each gene set by performing external validation using six large datasets and identified a gene set with an average prediction accuracy of 67.55%. CONCLUSION:A gene sets approach is an effective method to develop prognostic gene sets to predict patient outcome and to understand the underlying biology of the developed gene set. Using the gene sets approach we identified many prognostic gene sets in breast cancer.

journal_name

BMC Genomics

journal_title

BMC genomics

authors

Kim SY,Kim YS

doi

10.1186/1471-2164-9-177

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2008-04-16 00:00:00

pages

177

issn

1471-2164

pii

1471-2164-9-177

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9

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