Journal Article

Identification of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma prognosis signatures using the CTGDR method

Shuangge Ma, Yawei Zhang, Jian Huang, Xuesong Han, Theodore Holford, Qing Lan, Nathaniel Rothman, Peter Boyle and Tongzhang Zheng

in Bioinformatics

Volume 26, issue 1, pages 15-21
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI:
Identification of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma prognosis signatures using the CTGDR method

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Motivation: Although NHL (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) is the fifth leading cause of cancer incidence and mortality in the USA, it remains poorly understood and is largely incurable. Biomedical studies have shown that genomic variations, measured with SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) in genes, may have independent predictive power for disease-free survival in NHL patients beyond clinical measurements.

Results: We apply the CTGDR (clustering threshold gradient directed regularization) method to genetic association studies using SNPs, analyze data from an association study of NHL and identify prognosis signatures to diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and follicular lymphoma (FL), the two most common subtypes of NHL. With the CTGDR method, we are able to account for the joint effects of multiple genes/SNPs, whereas most existing studies are single-marker based. In addition, we are able to account for the ‘gene and SNP-within-gene’ hierarchical structure and identify not only predictive genes but also predictive SNPs within identified genes. In contrast, existing studies are limited to either gene or SNP identification, but not both. We propose using resampling methods to evaluate the predictive power and reproducibility of identified genes and SNPs. Simulation study and data analysis suggest satisfactory performance of the CTGDR method.


Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Journal Article.  5610 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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