Outlier analysis and top scoring pairfor integrated data analysisand biomarker discovery

Michael F. Ochs, Jason E. Farrar, Michael Considine, Yingying Wei, Soheil Meshinchi, Robert J. Arceci

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Pathway deregulation has been identified as a key driver of carcinogenesis, with proteins in signaling pathways serving as primary targets for drug development. Deregulation can be driven by a number of molecular events, including gene mutation, epigenetic changes in gene promoters, overexpression, and gene amplifications or deletions. We demonstrate a novel approach that identifies pathways of interest by integrating outlier analysis within and across molecular data types with gene set analysis. We use the results to seed the top-scoring pair algorithm to identify robust biomarkers associated with pathway deregulation. We demonstrate this methodology on pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML) data. We develop a biomarker in primary AML tumors, demonstrate robustness with an independent primary tumor data set, and show that the identified biomarkers also function well in relapsed pediatric AML tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6674300
Pages (from-to)520-532
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • Biomarker
  • Data integration
  • Genomics
  • Statistical analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Applied Mathematics


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