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DICE: Discovering Informative Co-occurring Elements




Figure 1Biological networks connect related genes together based on their physical interactions, functional relationships, co-expression, genetic interactions, etc. Many gene features tend to co-occur in a biological network. For example, proteins that are connected to each other in a network of physical interactions usually share similar functions. Similarly, genes that are co-expressed (and thus are connected in a co-expression network) often possess similar cis-regulatory elements in their upstream and/or downstream regions. Also, since domain-peptide interaction is a major mediator of protein-protein interactions, in a protein-protein interaction network certain domains may often be accompanied by particular peptides, thus forming a “pair of co-occurring features” within that network. DICE is a universal approach for identification of such pairs of co-occurring features in biological networks across all data types. The general framework that DICE applies for finding co-occurring pairs of features is depicted in the right picture. Given a biological network, co-occurring features can be found from a wide range of data types. Paralogs are first removed from the network (A), and then different gene features are examined for co-occurrence in the network (B), resulting in a set of co-occurring features. This set may include protein domains, GO terms, expression profiles, protein phylogeny information, codon usage values, nucleic acid and protein motifs that are discovered de novo based on co-occurrence in the network, etc. These co-occurring features can be used to score the interactions (C) and subsequently improve the quality of the network. Alternatively, they can be used for prediction of novel interactions (D).


DICE Developers:

Hamed Shateri Najafabadi

Yuan Mao

Reza Salavati




Reza Salavati’s profile at McGill

Last updated on 3/23/2010 12:02:31 PM