Table_5_Use of Laplacian Heat Diffusion Algorithm to Infer Novel Genes With Functions Related to Uveitis.DOCX (745.63 kB)

Table_5_Use of Laplacian Heat Diffusion Algorithm to Infer Novel Genes With Functions Related to Uveitis.DOCX

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posted on 08.10.2018 by Shiheng Lu, Ke Zhao, Xuefei Wang, Hui Liu, Xiamuxiya Ainiwaer, Yan Xu, Min Ye

Uveitis is the inflammation of the uvea and is a serious eye disease that can cause blindness for middle-aged and young people. However, the pathogenesis of this disease has not been fully uncovered and thus renders difficulties in designing effective treatments. Completely identifying the genes related to this disease can help improve and accelerate the comprehension of uveitis. In this study, a new computational method was developed to infer potential related genes based on validated ones. We employed a large protein–protein interaction network reported in STRING, in which Laplacian heat diffusion algorithm was applied using validated genes as seed nodes. Except for the validated ones, all genes in the network were filtered by three tests, namely, permutation, association, and function tests, which evaluated the genes based on their specialties and associations to uveitis. Results indicated that 59 inferred genes were accessed, several of which were confirmed to be highly related to uveitis by literature review. In addition, the inferred genes were compared with those reported in a previous study, indicating that our reported genes are necessary supplements.

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