A computational framework for complex disease stratification from multiple large-scale datasets

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Abstract

Background: Multilevel data integration is becoming a major area of research in systems biology. Within this area, multi-'omics datasets on complex diseases are becoming more readily available and there is a need to set standards and good practices for integrated analysis of biological, clinical and environmental data. We present a framework to plan and generate single and multi-'omics signatures of disease states. Methods: The framework is divided into four major steps: dataset subsetting, feature filtering, 'omics-based clustering and biomarker identification. Results: We illustrate the usefulness of this framework by identifying potential patient clusters based on integrated multi-'omics signatures in a publicly available ovarian cystadenocarcinoma dataset. The analysis generated a higher number of stable and clinically relevant clusters than previously reported, and enabled the generation of predictive models of patient outcomes. Conclusions: This framework will help health researchers plan and perform multi-'omics big data analyses to generate hypotheses and make sense of their rich, diverse and ever growing datasets, to enable implementation of translational P4 medicine.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number60
JournalBMC Systems Biology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2018