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The impact of cellular networks on disease comorbidity

Juyong Park, Northeastern University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Deok-Sun Lee, Northeastern University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Inha University
Nicholas A. Christakis, Harvard Medical School
Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School

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Originally published in Molecular Systems Biology 2009, 5:262. doi:10.1038/msb.2009.16

Abstract

The impact of disease-causing defects is often not limited to the products of a mutated gene but, thanks to interactions between the molecular components, may also affect other cellular functions, resulting in potential comorbidity effects. By combining information on cellular interactions, disease–gene associations, and population-level disease patterns extracted from Medicare data, we find statistically significant correlations between the underlying structure of cellular networks and disease comorbidity patterns in the human population. Our results indicate that such a combination of population-level data and cellular network information could help build novel hypotheses about disease mechanisms.

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Juyong Park, Deok-Sun Lee, Nicholas A. Christakis, and Albert-László Barabási. "The impact of cellular networks on disease comorbidity" Physics Faculty Publications (2009).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/abarabasi/7