LGscore: A method to identify disease-related genes using biological literature and Google data

Jeongwoo Kim, Hyunjin Kim, Youngmi Yoon, Sanghyun Park

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Since the genome project in 1990s, a number of studies associated with genes have been conducted and researchers have confirmed that genes are involved in disease. For this reason, the identification of the relationships between diseases and genes is important in biology. We propose a method called LGscore, which identifies disease-related genes using Google data and literature data. To implement this method, first, we construct a disease-related gene network using text-mining results. We then extract gene-gene interactions based on co-occurrences in abstract data obtained from PubMed, and calculate the weights of edges in the gene network by means of Z-scoring. The weights contain two values: the frequency and the Google search results. The frequency value is extracted from literature data, and the Google search result is obtained using Google. We assign a score to each gene through a network analysis. We assume that genes with a large number of links and numerous Google search results and frequency values are more likely to be involved in disease. For validation, we investigated the top 20 inferred genes for five different diseases using answer sets. The answer sets comprised six databases that contain information on disease-gene relationships. We identified a significant number of disease-related genes as well as candidate genes for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, colon cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer. Our method was up to 40% more accurate than existing methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-282
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Biomedical Informatics
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean Government (MSIP) ( 2012R1A2A1A01010775 ). Sanghyun Park is the corresponding author of this paper.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics


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