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Title

Applications of molecular networks in biomedicine

AuthorsChagoyen, Mónica; Ranea, Juan A. G.; Pazos, Florencio
Keywordsbiological networks
human pathologies
systems medicine
Issue Date2019
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationBiology Methods and protocols 4(1): bpz012 (2019)
AbstractDue to the large interdependence between the molecular components of living systems, many phenomena, including those related to pathologies, cannot be explained in terms of a single gene or a small number of genes. Molecular networks, representing different types of relationships between molecular entities, embody these large sets of interdependences in a framework that allow their mining from a systemic point of view to obtain information. These networks, often generated from high-throughput omics datasets, are used to study the complex phenomena of human pathologies from a systemic point of view. Complementing the reductionist approach of molecular biology, based on the detailed study of a small number of genes, systemic approaches to human diseases consider that these are better reflected in large and intricate networks of relationships between genes. These networks, and not the single genes, provide both better markers for diagnosing diseases and targets for treating them. Network approaches are being used to gain insight into the molecular basis of complex diseases and interpret the large datasets associated with them, such as genomic variants. Network formalism is also suitable for integrating large, heterogeneous and multilevel datasets associated with diseases from the molecular level to organismal and epidemiological scales. Many of these approaches are available to nonexpert users through standard software packages.
Publisher version (URL)http://doi.org/10.1093/biomethods/bpz012
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/214142
Identifierse-issn: 2396-8923
pmid: 32395629
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