Download: Get TCGA data
Download: Get GEO data
Analysis: To analyze TCGA data
In order to make light of cancer development, it is crucial to understand which genes play a role in the mechanisms linked to this disease and moreover which role that is. Commonly biological processes such as proliferation and apoptosis have been linked to cancer progression. Based on expression data we perform functional enrichment analysis, infer gene regulatory networks and upstream regulator analysis to score the importance of well-known biological processes with respect to the studied cancer. We then use these scores to predict two specific roles: genes that act as tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) and genes that act as oncogenes (OCGs). This methodology not only allows us to identify genes with dual role (TSG in one cancer type and OCG in another) but also to elucidate the underlying biological processes.
Cancer development is influenced by mutations in two distinctly different categories of genes, known as tumor suppressor genes (TSG) and oncogenes (OCG). The occurrence of mutations in genes of the first category leads to faster cell proliferation while mutations in genes of second category increases or changes their function.
MoonlightR a new approach to define TSGs and OCGs based on functional enrichment analysis, infer gene regulatory networks and upstream regulator analysis to score the importance of well-known biological processes with respect to the studied cancer.
Moonlight’s pipeline is shown below: