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Jochen HM Prehn
Annette T Byrne
Heather J Ruskin
Ana Barat



microarrays colorectal cancer physiology physics gene expression data integration locus specific methylation colorectal cancer subtypes

Integrating Colon Cancer Microarray Data: Associating Locus-Specific Methylation Groups to Gene Expression-Based Classifications (2015)

Abstract Recently, considerable attention has been paid to gene expression-based classifications of colorectal cancers (CRC) and their association with patient prognosis. In addition to changes in gene expression, abnormal DNA-methylation is known to play an important role in cancer onset and development, and colon cancer is no exception to this rule. Large-scale technologies, such as methylation microarray assays and specific sequencing of methylated DNA, have been used to determine whole genome profiles of CpG island methylation in tissue samples. In this article, publicly available microarray-based gene expression and methylation data sets are used to characterize expression subtypes with respect to locus-specific methylation. A major objective was to determine whether integration of these data types improves previously characterized subtypes, or provides evidence for additional subtypes. We used unsupervised clustering techniques to determine methylation-based subgroups, which are subsequently annotated with three published expression-based classifications, comprising from three to six subtypes. Our results showed that, while methylation profiles provide a further basis for segregation of certain (Inflammatory and Goblet-like) finer-grained expression-based subtypes, they also suggest that other finer-grained subtypes are not distinctive and can be considered as a single subtype.
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Jochen HM Prehn, Annette T Byrne, Heather J Ruskin, Ana Barat

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Jochen H M Prehn
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 206
Annette T Byrne
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 41
Heather J. Ruskin
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 66
Ana Barat
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 15