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1.  An S-System Parameter Estimation Method (SPEM) for Biological Networks 
Journal of Computational Biology  2012;19(2):175-187.
Advances in experimental biology, coupled with advances in computational power, bring new challenges to the interdisciplinary field of computational biology. One such broad challenge lies in the reverse engineering of gene networks, and goes from determining the structure of static networks, to reconstructing the dynamics of interactions from time series data. Here, we focus our attention on the latter area, and in particular, on parameterizing a dynamic network of oriented interactions between genes. By basing the parameterizing approach on a known power-law relationship model between connected genes (S-system), we are able to account for non-linearity in the network, without compromising the ability to analyze network characteristics. In this article, we introduce the S-System Parameter Estimation Method (SPEM). SPEM, a freely available R software package (, takes gene expression data in time series and returns the network of interactions as a set of differential equations. The methods, which are presented and tested here, are shown to provide accurate results not only on synthetic data, but more importantly on real and therefore noisy by nature, biological data. In summary, SPEM shows high sensitivity and positive predicted values, as well as free availability and expansibility (because based on open source software). We expect these characteristics to make it a useful and broadly applicable software in the challenging reconstruction of dynamic gene networks.
PMCID: PMC3272242  PMID: 22300319
algorithms; biochemical networks; computational molecular biology; gene networks; graphs and networks; statistics
2.  Brain cancer prognosis: independent validation of a clinical bioinformatics approach 
Translational and evidence based medicine can take advantage of biotechnology advances that offer a fast growing variety of high-throughput data for screening molecular activities of genomic, transcriptional, post-transcriptional and translational observations. The clinical information hidden in these data can be clarified with clinical bioinformatics approaches. We have recently proposed a method to analyze different layers of high-throughput (omic) data to preserve the emergent properties that appear in the cellular system when all molecular levels are interacting. We show here that this method applied to brain cancer data can uncover properties (i.e. molecules related to protective versus risky features in different types of brain cancers) that have been independently validated as survival markers, with potential important application in clinical practice.
PMCID: PMC3296594  PMID: 22297051
glioblastoma; survival; system; emergent property; high-throughput biology

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