Combining many interaction networks to predict gene function and analyze gene lists

Proteomics. 2012 May;12(10):1687-96. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201100607.


In this article, we review how interaction networks can be used alone or in combination in an automated fashion to provide insight into gene and protein function. We describe the concept of a "gene-recommender system" that can be applied to any large collection of interaction networks to make predictions about gene or protein function based on a query list of proteins that share a function of interest. We discuss these systems in general and focus on one specific system, GeneMANIA, that has unique features and uses different algorithms from the majority of other systems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Animals
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Genes / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Mice
  • Protein Interaction Mapping / methods
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • Proteins / metabolism


  • Proteins