Immune response in silico (IRIS): immune-specific genes identified from a compendium of microarray expression data

Genes Immun. 2005 Jun;6(4):319-31. doi: 10.1038/sj.gene.6364173.


Immune cell-specific expression is one indication of the importance of a gene's role in the immune response. We have compiled a compendium of microarray expression data for virtually all human genes from six key immune cell types and their activated and differentiated states. Immune Response In Silico (IRIS) is a collection of genes that have been selected for specific expression in immune cells. The expression pattern of IRIS genes recapitulates the phylogeny of immune cells in terms of the lineages of their differentiation. Gene Ontology assignments for IRIS genes reveal significant involvement in inflammation and immunity. Genes encoding CD antigens, cytokines, integrins and many other gene families playing key roles in the immune response are highly represented. IRIS also includes proteins of unknown function and expressed sequence tags that may not represent genes. The predicted cellular localization of IRIS proteins is evenly distributed between cell surface and intracellular compartments, indicating that immune specificity is important at many points in the signaling pathways of the immune response. IRIS provides a resource for further investigation into the function of the immune system and immune diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Gene Expression Profiling* / methods
  • Gene Expression Regulation / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunity / genetics*
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis* / methods
  • Signal Transduction / genetics*
  • Signal Transduction / immunology