Using CellMiner 1.6 for systems pharmacology and genomic analysis of the NCI-60

  • Reinhold W
  • Sunshine M
  • Varma S
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The NCI-60 cancer cell line panel provides a premier model for data integration and systems pharmacology being the largest publicly available database of anticancer drug activity, , genomic, molecular, and phenotypic data. It comprises gene expression (25,722 transcripts), microRNAs (360 miRNAs), whole genome DNA copy number (23,413 genes), whole exome sequencing (variants for 16,568 genes), protein levels (94 genes), and cytotoxic activity (20,861 compounds). Included are 158 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs and 79 that are in clinical trials. To improve data accessibility to bioinformaticists and non-bioinformaticists alike, we have developed the CellMiner web-based tools. Here we describe the newest CellMiner version, including integration of novel databases and tools associated with whole exome sequencing and protein expression, and review the tools. Included are i) "Cell line signature" for DNA, RNA, protein and drugs, ii) "Cross correlations" for up to 150 input genes, microRNAs, and compounds in a single query, iii) "Pattern comparison" to identify connections among drugs, gene expression, genomic variants, microRNA and protein expressions, iv) "Genetic variation versus drug visualization" to identify potential new drug:gene DNA variant relationships, and v) "Genetic variant summation", designed to provide a synopsis of mutational burden on any pathway or gene group for up to 150 genes. Together, these tools allow users to flexibly query the NCI-60 data for potential relationships between genomic, molecular and pharmacological parameters in a manner specific to the user's area of expertise. Examples for both gain- (RAS) and loss- (PTEN) of-function alterations are provided.

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