Sep 9, 2014

Extensive Decoupling of Metabolic Genes in Cancer

bioRxiv
Ed Reznik, Chris Sander

Abstract

Tumorigenesis involves, among other factors, the alteration of metabolic gene expression to support malignant, unrestrained proliferation. Here, we examine how the altered metabolism of cancer cells is reflected in changes in co-expression patterns of metabolic genes between normal and tumor tissues. Our emphasis on changes in the interactions of pairs of genes, rather than on the expression levels of individual genes, exposes changes in the activity of metabolic pathways which do not necessarily show clear patterns of over- or under-expression. We report the existence of key metabolic genes which act as hubs of differential co-expression, showing significantly different co-regulation patterns between normal and tumor states. Notably, we find that the extent of differential co-expression of a gene is only weakly correlated with its differential expression, suggesting that the two measures probe different features of metabolism. By leveraging our findings against existing pathway knowledge, we extract networks of functionally connected differentially co-expressed genes and the transcription factors which regulate them. Doing so, we identify a previously unreported network of dysregulated metabolic genes in clear cell renal cell ...Continue Reading

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Metabolic Process, Cellular
Transcription Cofactor Activity
Biochemical Pathway
Patterns
Genes
Tumor Tissue Sample
Conventional (Clear Cell) Renal Cell Carcinoma
Transcription, Genetic
Neoplasms
HNF4A

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