Integrative systems biology approaches to identify and prioritize disease and drug candidate genes

Methods Mol Biol. 2011:700:241-59. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61737-954-3_16.


Although a number of computational approaches have been developed to integrate data from multiple sources for the purpose of predicting or prioritizing candidate disease genes, relatively few of them focus on identifying or ranking drug targets. To address this deficit, we have developed an approach to specifically identify and prioritize disease and drug candidate genes. In this chapter, we demonstrate the applicability of integrative systems-biology-based approaches to identify potential drug targets and candidate genes by employing information extracted from public databases. We illustrate the method in detail using examples of two neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's) and one neuropsychiatric disease (Schizophrenia).

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Genetic Association Studies*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Software
  • Systems Biology / methods*