Table_8_Weighted Gene Co-expression Network Analysis of Key Biomarkers Associated With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.XLSX (27.32 kB)

Table_8_Weighted Gene Co-expression Network Analysis of Key Biomarkers Associated With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.XLSX

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posted on 09.09.2020, 04:42 by Yao Cai, Fei Ma, LiuHong Qu, Binqing Liu, Hui Xiong, Yanmei Ma, Sitao Li, Hu Hao

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a complex disorder resulting from interactions between genes and the environment. The accurate molecular etiology of BPD remains largely unclear. This study aimed to identify key BPD-associated genes and pathways functionally enriched using weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA). We analyzed microarray data of 62 pre-term patients with BPD and 38 pre-term patients without BPD from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO). WGCNA was used to construct a gene expression network, and genes were classified into definite modules. In addition, the Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) analyses of BPD-related hub genes were performed. Firstly, we constructed a weighted gene co-expression network, and genes were divided into 10 modules. Among the modules, the yellow module was related to BPD progression and severity and included the following hub genes: MMP25, MMP9, SIRPA, CKAP4, SLCO4C1, and SLC2A3; and the red module included some co-expression molecules that displayed a continuous decline in expression with BPD progression and included the following hub genes: LEF1, ITK, CD6, RASGRP1, IL7R, SKAP1, CD3E, and ICOS. GO and KEGG analyses showed that high expression of inflammatory response-related genes and low expression of T cell receptor activation-related genes are significantly correlated with BPD progression. The present WGCNA-based study thus provides an overall perspective of BPD and lays the foundation for identifying potential pathways and hub genes that contribute to the development of BPD.

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