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Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Jul 1;43(W1):W244-50. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv347. Epub 2015 Apr 15.

PheNetic: network-based interpretation of molecular profiling data.

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1
Dept. of Microbial and Molecular Systems, KULeuven, Leuven, 3000, Belgium Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC, iMINDS), U.Ghent, Ghent, 9052, Belgium.
2
Dept. of Computer Science, KULeuven, Leuven, 3000, Belgium.
3
Dept. of Microbial and Molecular Systems, KULeuven, Leuven, 3000, Belgium Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC, iMINDS), U.Ghent, Ghent, 9052, Belgium Dept. of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, U.Ghent, Ghent, 9052, Belgium kathleen.marchal@intec.ugent.be.

Abstract

Molecular profiling experiments have become standard in current wet-lab practices. Classically, enrichment analysis has been used to identify biological functions related to these experimental results. Combining molecular profiling results with the wealth of currently available interactomics data, however, offers the opportunity to identify the molecular mechanism behind an observed molecular phenotype. In this paper, we therefore introduce 'PheNetic', a user-friendly web server for inferring a sub-network based on probabilistic logical querying. PheNetic extracts from an interactome, the sub-network that best explains genes prioritized through a molecular profiling experiment. Depending on its run mode, PheNetic searches either for a regulatory mechanism that gave explains to the observed molecular phenotype or for the pathways (in)activated in the molecular phenotype. The web server provides access to a large number of interactomes, making sub-network inference readily applicable to a wide variety of organisms. The inferred sub-networks can be interactively visualized in the browser. PheNetic's method and use are illustrated using an example analysis of differential expression results of ampicillin treated Escherichia coli cells. The PheNetic web service is available at http://bioinformatics.intec.ugent.be/phenetic/.

PMID:
25878035
PMCID:
PMC4489255
DOI:
10.1093/nar/gkv347
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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