Question: Gene Disease (Cancer) Association
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6.5 years ago by
United Kingdom
TitoPullo160 wrote:

I'm a computer scientist, so I don't have a lot of knowledge about biology. I developed a statistical method to highlight some genes from microarray dataset. Now, I'd like to know if the gene I selected are related to the microarray problem. That is, given a microarray dataset about Prostate Cancer (or Leukemia), I'd like to know if genes: X,Y,Z, etc. are already known to be related, in literature, with Prostate cancer. Is there any tool/website that could help me? Is there a way that, given a gene, I know all the disease associated to it? Or, in the other way around, what's the better method to get all the genes associated with a particular disease?


I'd suggest an interesting tool that I've found: Diseases. It mines the literature to associate genes to diseases or viceversa.

ADD COMMENTlink modified 6.5 years ago • written 6.5 years ago by TitoPullo160

Take a look at Where Can I Find Mutation Databases Specialized In Cancer? to a similar question.

ADD REPLYlink modified 6.5 years ago • written 6.5 years ago by PoGibas4.8k

This too Database of tumor suppressors and/or oncogenes

ADD REPLYlink written 6.5 years ago by Jeremy Leipzig19k
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6.5 years ago by
Arnaud Ceol850
Milan, Italy
Arnaud Ceol850 wrote:

That's exactly what you will find if you download data from the The cancer Gene Census at

ADD COMMENTlink written 6.5 years ago by Arnaud Ceol850

But this website list all the studies involving that particular gene. It doesn't tell me if that gene is actually related with the disease.

ADD REPLYlink written 6.5 years ago by TitoPullo160

"The cancer Gene Census is an ongoing effort to catalogue those genes for which mutations have been causally implicated in cancer.": you can download the Excel or tab delimited file, it lists all genes and associated cancer types.

e.g.: Symbol Name GeneID Chr Chr Band Cancer Somatic Mut Cancer Germline Mut Tumour Types (Somatic Mutations) ABI1 abl-interactor 1 10006 10 10p11.2 yes AML

ADD REPLYlink written 6.5 years ago by Arnaud Ceol850
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6.5 years ago by
Copenhagen, Denmark
David Westergaard1.4k wrote:

There's some good sources already in a comment, but I'd like to highlight a few more:

  • PubMed: Just search for the gene, really, and look at studies. If you're into the more advanced stuff, look at co-mentions (i.e. in how many articles are the gene and the word prostate cancer, or any derivative thereof, co-mentioned)
  • ExpressionAtlas: Look at other peoples results, and compare.

I would just like to point out an obvious problem with what you are asking: "to be related to disease X" can have multiple meanings. Related how? A mutation is causing the cancer, it's a prognostic marker of the cancer, overexpression drives the cancer and so on.

Also, be aware that there are a lot of different statistical methods for microarray analysis. If you ever submit a paper using this method, be aware that a lot of reviewers will be very critical about methods they're not familiar with (this is my own opinion, and I only have my own experiences to back it up, and is not meant to be discouraging.)

ADD COMMENTlink modified 6 months ago by RamRS27k • written 6.5 years ago by David Westergaard1.4k

I think PubMed is the best resource for me.

ADD REPLYlink written 6.5 years ago by TitoPullo160
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6.5 years ago by
Vivek2.4k wrote:

Along with the ones already mentioned you could search the OMIM genemap for genes with phenotypes associated with a specific disease.

ADD COMMENTlink written 6.5 years ago by Vivek2.4k
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