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Gene set enrichment analysis: a knowledge-based approach for interpreting genome-wide expression profiles.

Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsSubramanian, A., Tamayo P., Mootha VK, Mukherjee S., Ebert BL, Gillette MA, Paulovich A., Pomeroy SL, Golub T. R., Lander E. S., and Mesirov J. P.
AbstractAlthough genomewide RNA expression analysis has become a routine tool in biomedical research, extracting biological insight from such information remains a major challenge. Here, we describe a powerful analytical method called Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) for interpreting gene expression data. The method derives its power by focusing on gene sets, that is, groups of genes that share common biological function, chromosomal location, or regulation. We demonstrate how GSEA yields insights into several cancer-related data sets, including leukemia and lung cancer. Notably, where single-gene analysis finds little similarity between two independent studies of patient survival in lung cancer, GSEA reveals many biological pathways in common. The GSEA method is embodied in a freely available software package, together with an initial database of 1,325 biologically defined gene sets.
Year of Publication2005
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume102
Issue43
Pages15545-50
Date Published (YYYY/MM/DD)2005/10/25
ISSN Number0027-8424
DOI10.1073/pnas.0506580102
PubMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16199517?dopt=Abstract