Pathway-specific model estimation for improved pathway annotation by network crosstalk

Sci Rep. 2020 Aug 12;10(1):13585. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-70239-z.


Pathway enrichment analysis is the most common approach for understanding which biological processes are affected by altered gene activities under specific conditions. However, it has been challenging to find a method that efficiently avoids false positives while keeping a high sensitivity. We here present a new network-based method ANUBIX based on sampling random gene sets against intact pathway. Benchmarking shows that ANUBIX is considerably more accurate than previous network crosstalk based methods, which have the drawback of modelling pathways as random gene sets. We demonstrate that ANUBIX does not have a bias for finding certain pathways, which previous methods do, and show that ANUBIX finds biologically relevant pathways that are missed by other methods.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't