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Cancer Inform. 2017 Dec 13;16:1176935117746637. doi: 10.1177/1176935117746637. eCollection 2017.

CINdex: A Bioconductor Package for Analysis of Chromosome Instability in DNA Copy Number Data.

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Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Arlington, VA, USA.
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.


The CINdex Bioconductor package addresses an important area of high-throughput genomic analysis. It calculates the chromosome instability (CIN) index, a novel measurement that quantitatively characterizes genome-wide copy number alterations (CNAs) as a measure of CIN. The advantage of this package is an ability to compare CIN index values between several groups for patients (case and control groups), which is a typical use case in translational research. The differentially changed cytobands or chromosomes can then be linked to genes located in the affected genomic regions, as well as pathways. This enables in-depth systems biology-based network analysis and assessment of the impact of CNA on various biological processes or clinical outcomes. This package was successfully applied to analysis of DNA copy number data in colorectal cancer as a part of multi-omics integrative study as well as for analysis of several other cancer types. The source code, along with an end-to-end tutorial, and example data are freely available in Bioconductor at


DNA copy number; bioconductor; cancer genomics; chromosome instability; copy number variation; genomic instability

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Declaration of conflicting interests:The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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