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ToppGene Suite
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Consists of a one-stop online assembly of computational software tools. ToppGene Suite enables users to (i) perform gene list enrichment analysis, (ii) perform candidate gene prioritization based on functional annotations, (iii) perform candidate gene prioritization based on protein interactions network analysis and (iv) identify and rank candidate genes in the interactome based on both functional annotations and e protein-protein interaction network (PPIN) analysis. The suite can identify true candidate genes.
Lynx
A web-based database and a knowledge extraction engine. Lynx supports annotation and analysis of high-throughput experimental data and generation of weighted hypotheses regarding genes and molecular mechanisms contributing to human phenotypes or conditions of interest. Since the last release, the Lynx knowledge base (LynxKB) has been periodically updated with the latest versions of the existing databases and supplemented with additional information from public databases. These additions have enriched the data annotations provided by Lynx and improved the performance of Lynx analytical tools. Moreover, the Lynx analytical workbench has been supplemented with new tools for reconstruction of co-expression networks and feature-and-network-based prioritization of genetic factors and molecular mechanisms. These developments facilitate the extraction of meaningful knowledge from experimental data and LynxKB. The Service Oriented Architecture provides public access to LynxKB and its analytical tools via user-friendly web services and interfaces.
POCUS / Prioritization Of Candidate genes Using Statistics
Prioritizes candidate disease genes. POCUS is based on over-representation of functional annotation between loci for the same disease. It is able to suggest counter intuitive candidates. The tool does not require prior knowledge of the etiology of the disease under study to enrich disease genes. It rapidly provides functional annotation for the genes and high enrichment of real disease genes. POCUS produces some candidate-gene shortlists as output.
GeneSeeker
A web server that gathers and combines data from a series of databases. All database searches are performed via the web interfaces provided with the original databases, guaranteeing that the most recent data are queried, and obviating data warehousing. GeneSeeker makes the same selection of candidate genes as the human geneticists would have performed, and thus reducing the time-consuming process to a few minutes. GeneSeeker is particularly well suited for syndromes in which the disease gene displays altered expression patterns in the affected tissue(s).
PINTA
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A web resource for the prioritization of candidate genes based on the differential expression of their neighborhood in a genome-wide protein-protein interaction network. PINTA supports both candidate gene prioritization (starting from a user defined set of candidate genes) as well as genome-wide gene prioritization and is available for five species (human, mouse, rat, worm and yeast). As input data, PINTA only requires disease specific expression data, whereas various platforms (e.g. Affymetrix) are supported. As a result, PINTA computes a gene ranking and presents the results as a table that can easily be browsed and downloaded by the user.
VCF.Filter
Provides broad support for the VCF format, custom annotations, large VCF files, and flexible analysis types. VCF.Filter is an easy-to-use, standalone, graphical software that allows the user to interactively define, run, and save filter chains of any complexity using default and custom variant annotations. It can use and also help generate such cohort-specific tables of allele frequencies. VCF.Filter was developed in close collaboration with medical geneticists working on rare diseases of the immune system.
MetaRanker
Prioritizes the protein-coding part of the human genome to shortlist candidate genes for targeted follow-up studies. MetaRanker 2.0 allows user to upload lists of genes and their scores, which can denote tissue-specific expression levels. It facilitates prioritization of genes based on user-specified genome-wide association (GWA) summary statistics. The web server can also be used to rank genes based on their gene products’ propensity. This tool permits user to upload a larger number of phenotype specific data sets.
FlyNet
A network prioritization server dedicated to Drosophila that covers approximately 95% of the coding genome. FlyNet has several distinctive features, including (i) prioritization for both genes and functions; (ii) two complementary network algorithms: direct neighborhood and network diffusion; (iii) spatiotemporal-specific networks as an additional prioritization strategy for traits associated with a specific developmental stage or tissue and (iv) prioritization for human disease genes. FlyNet is expected to serve as a versatile hypothesis-generation platform for genes and functions in the study of basic animal genetics, developmental biology and human disease.
Beegle
An online search and discovery engine that attempts to simplify disease-gene identification by automating the typical approaches. Beegle starts by mining the literature to quickly extract a set of genes known to be linked with a given query, then it integrates the learning methodology of Endeavour (a gene prioritization tool) to train a genomic model and rank a set of candidate genes to generate novel hypotheses. In a realistic evaluation setup, Beegle has an average recall of 84% in the top 100 returned genes as a search engine, which improves the discovery engine by 12.6% in the top 5% prioritized genes.
RobustRankAggreg
Detects genes that are ranked consistently better than expected under null hypothesis of uncorrelated inputs and assigns a significance score for each gene. RobustRankAggreg is a rank aggregation algorithm that is very well suited for such bioinformatic settings. The aggregation is based on the comparison of actual data with a null model that assumes random order of input lists. It can amplify the biological signal if it exists in the input data. The aggregated ranking displays stronger signal than most of the inputs lists.
pBRIT / prioritization of candidate genes using Bayesian Ridge Regression and Information Theoretic Model
Applies an information theoretic approach for effective feature mining and Bayesian Ridge Regression (BRR). pBRIT is a gene prioritization tool that offers a three-staged gene prioritization: (1) categorization of annotation sources; (2) data fusion; and (3) Bayesian ridge regression and prioritization. This tool can be applied for detecting novel disease-causing genes without prior information in the internal database.
GUILDify
An easy-to-use web server for the phenotypic characterization of genes. GUILDify offers a prioritization approach based on the protein-protein interaction network where the initial phenotype-gene associations are retrieved via free text search on biological databases. GUILDify web server does not restrict the prioritization to any predefined phenotype, supports multiple species and accepts user-specified genes. It also prioritizes drugs based on the ranking of their targets, unleashing opportunities for repurposing drugs for novel therapies.
staRank
Improves the stability of any given base ranking method. staRank applied the concept of stability selection to gene rankings to generate more reproducible ordered hit lists for data generated from phenotypic RNAi experiments. Stability ranking is very flexible and can be applied to any gene ranking method. It does not only improve ranking statistics that ignore the gene-wise variance, such as mean or median, but it also improved the reproducibility of a statistic like the rank-sum test. Thus, irrespective of the chosen ranking statistic, it appears beneficial to complement the selection of top scoring genes with stable genes to increase validation rates in secondary screens.
LoFtool
Provides a gene score method based on the mutation patterns in the exomes of 60 706 unrelated individuals from the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC) dataset. LoFtool uses ratio of loss-of-function (LoF) to synonymous mutations for each gene, adjusting for the gene de novo mutation rate and evolutionary protein conservation. The software intends to predict genome wide de novo haploinsufficient mutations and can be used for investigating complex brain diseases with strong genetic effects.
PGA / Post-GWAS Analysis
Predicts disease causal genes and assigns them evidence-based scores. PGA integrates both gene network and annotation data with genome-wide association studies (GWAS) signals. The software performs: (1) identification of candidate disease genes given a set of GWAS-reported variants and (2) scoring of these candidate genes to prioritize those most likely to be the sources of the disease-association signals. It can predict disease genes both proximal and distal to GWAS signals and regulatory elements that could harbor non-coding causal single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).
HyDRA / Hybrid Distance-score Rank Aggregation
Combines the advantages of score-based and combinatorial aggregation techniques. HyDRA was tested on a number of gene sets, including Autism, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Endometriosis, Ischeemic stroke, Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Osteoarthritis. Furthermore, iterative gene discovery was performed for Glioblastoma, Meningioma and Breast cancer, using a sequentially augmented list of training genes related to the Turcot syndrome, Li-Fraumeni condition and other diseases. The methods outperform state-of-the-art software tools such as ToppGene and Endeavour.
IGSP / Integrated Gene Signal Processing
Prioritizes genes implicated by rare variants for disease risk in sequencing-based genome-wide association studies (GWAS). IGSP scores genes by integrating their disease association signals using both gene network as well as phenotype information. The software consists of: (1) gene scoring based on genotype, network, and phenotype information and a model-based score integration, and (2) a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm. It was able to uncover putative risk genes of congenital heart disease (CHD) among individuals with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
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Investigates mutations from human genetic diseases. [email protected] Glance renders possible to allocate known disease-associated mutation data on the nucleotide and amino acid sequences of a gene of interest. It permits to relate the mutation data to the 3D structure of the gene product along with various lines of information about the mutated amino acid residues. This tool offers a way to find and assess newly identified sequence variations in a query DNA sequence from a gene of interest.
DAWN / Detecting Association With Networks
Offers a general approach to gene discovery, which can be applied to many complex disorders. DAWN is an algorithm that leverages genetic and gene expression data effectively to predict probable risk genes and subnetworks. This resource is successful in predicting the genes that will accumulate new dnLoF mutations better than any existing methods. It could identify more than 120 genes that plausibly affect risk, and a set of likely autism spectrum disorder (ASD) subnetworks.
PULP / Positive and Unlabeled Learning for Prioritization
Integrates multiple publicly available genomic data sources in a machine-learning model for the prioritization of candidates identified in patients with retinal disease. PULP calculates probabilities that any gene is a member of a known disease gene set through the integration of multiple informative features and the application of multiple logistic regression models. Compared to the gene prioritization tool ENDEAVOUR, PULP is superior in prioritization of retinal disease genes.
PERCH / Polymorphism Evaluation Ranking and Classification for Heritable traits
Studies disease genes by quantitatively unifying a new deleteriousness measure called BayesDel, an improved assessment of biological relevance of genes to the disease of interest (BayesGBA), a modified linkage analysis (BayesSeg), a novel rare-variant association score (BayesHLR), and a converted VQSLOD. PERCH supports data which contain a various combination of extended pedigrees, trios and case controls. More, it allows for a reduced penetrance, an elevated phenocopy rate, liability classes and covariates. This tool can be used for the classification of variants of unknow significance (VUS) in clinical genetic testing.
GLAD4U / Gene List Automatically Derived For You
Creates expert candidate gene lists. GLAD4U is a web-based gene retrieval and prioritization tool. It uses NCBI eSearch API to find publications related to a user query and on the gene-to-publication link table to identify genes from the retrieved publications. It also provides additional functionalities such as sending queries towards WebGestalt for analyzing functional enrichment, or provides a direct link to visualize interactions among the protein products of the genes based on the Cytoscape Web utility.
VarElect
A free web-based phenotype-dependent NGS variant prioritizer, which leverages the wealth of information in GeneCards and its affiliated databases. VarElect employs GeneCards’ powerful search and scoring capacities, and its algorithm affords inferring direct as well as indirect links between sequenced genes and disease/symptom/phenotype keywords. The indirect links benefit from GeneCards’ excellent capacity to relate genes to each other via numerous annotations. VarElect thus provides a robust facility for ranking genes and pointing out their likelihood to be related to a patient’s disease.
CRIMEtoYHU / Choosing the Right Cancer-Associated Mutation for Evaluation to Yeast HUmanization
Simultaneously finds yeast homologous genes and identifies the correspondent missense variant. CRIMEtoYHU is a multi-tier web application that integrates, processes and annotates data streams from different sources, especially data flows from databases and web services RESTful. It aims to guide users in the selection of somatic mutations associated with human tumors which can be translated in yeast model organism and to assess its functional impact at simpler organism level.
GUILD / Prioritization of Genes Underlying Inheritance Linked Disorders
A framework prioritization of disease candidate genes. GUILD uses a priori gene-disease associations and protein interactions and implementsvarious network-based disease-gene prioritization algorithms such as NetScore, NetZcore, NetShort, FunctionalFlow, Random Walk with Restart and Network Propagation. This tool can also be used as a standalone tool. GUILD is able to significantly highlight disease-gene associations that are not used a priori, and helps to identify genes implicated in the pathology of human disorders independent of the loci associated with the disorders.
Scuba / SCalable UnBAlanced gene prioritization
Performs genome-wide prioritizations. Scuba prioritizes from candidate genes from multiple gene networks given by various data sources. This tool is built on a computational kernel-based method that guides the identification of novel disease genes. It takes multiple heterogeneous data sources to exploits complementary biological knowledge. The default algorithm is scalable to the size of input data, number of kernel transformations used and number of training examples.
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HumanNet / Human gene functional interaction Network
A probabilistic functional gene network of 18,714 validated protein-encoding genes of Homo sapiens, constructed by a modified Bayesian integration of 21 types of 'omics' data from multiple organisms, with each data type weighted according to how well it links genes that are known to function together in H. sapiens. Each interaction in HumanNet has an associated log-likelihood score (LLS) that measures the probability of an interaction representing a true functional linkage between two genes.
DGP / Disease Gene Prediction
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Provides probability scores for genes being involved in hereditary disease in the human genome. DGP can be queried for any of the diseases that have been mapped to a chromosomal region. From this prediction tool, a probability score of being involved in disease to all genes in the human genome have been assigned. This approach is entirely different to other methods in that it is based on readily computable sequence properties, having the advantage of assigning a probability score of involvement in a disease for all proteins in the human genome, even without having information about their function or expression profiles.
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