# SUMMARY OF ALGORITHMIC FRAGMENTS FOR STATISTICAL IDENTIFICATION OF MARKERS FROM A SET OF SPECTRAL COURSES

SUMMARY OF ALGORITHMIC FRAGMENTS FOR STATISTICAL IDENTIFICATION OF MARKERS FROM A SET OF SPECTRAL COURSES

A brief introduction of algorithms for the statistical identification of markers from a set of spectral courses is the topic of our paper. Partial results, demonstrated by pictures, are very promising. Therefore, our next effort will be directed at the construction of the 1st prototype of some semi-commercial software for the identification of markers from a set of spectral courses.

Keywords:
marker, biomarker, regression, tests of hypotheses, software

Autoři: Jiří Knížek 1;  Ladislav Beránek 2;  Petr Bouchal 3,4;  Bořivoj Vojtěšek 4;  Rudolf Nenutil 4;  Pavel Tomšík 5
Působiště autorů: Department of Medical Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic 1;  Department of Applied Mathematics, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic 2;  Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Czech Republic 3;  Regional Centre for Applied Molecular Oncology, Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute, Czech Republic 4;  Department of Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic 5
Vyšlo v časopise: Lékař a technika - Clinician and Technology No. 3, 2013, 43, 30-35
Kategorie: Původní práce

## Souhrn

A brief introduction of algorithms for the statistical identification of markers from a set of spectral courses is the topic of our paper. Partial results, demonstrated by pictures, are very promising. Therefore, our next effort will be directed at the construction of the 1st prototype of some semi-commercial software for the identification of markers from a set of spectral courses.

Keywords:
marker, biomarker, regression, tests of hypotheses, software

## Introduction

A (dependence) biomarker, or (dependence) biological marker, is a (dependence) indicator of a biological state. It is a characteristic that is objectively measured and evaluated as a (dependence) indicator of normal biological processes, pathogenic processes, or pharmacologic (dependence) responses to a therapeutic intervention. It is used in many scientific fields. See e.g. Wikipedia.

The rapid development of genomic and proteomic methods led to an enormous increase in experimental data. To be able to extract answers to important questions from these data, it is necessary to find an effective biostatistical method for their processing. The application of advanced methodologies is necessary to give us more detailed, structured information.

## The model “A set of multiple linear regressions”

The beginning of the algorithmic study described below lay in finding a reality so that statisticians were able to derive a test criterion

for the standard statistical model called the “Disturbance-Related Sets of Regression Equations”

(or briefly y = Xβ + e ) ) for the null hypothesis

where the form of the R(JxK) matrix of constants and the form of the r(Jx1)vector of constants in relation (3) concretize the null hypothesis H0. Dimension K of regression vector β is given as a sum of single regression vectors β1, β2, … , βM, i.e.

The covariance matrix Ω of the joint disturbance vector e is given by Ω = ΣI and so Ω-1 = Σ-1I , .

Of importance is, that it is possible to test arbitrary linear mutual relations among particular multiple linear regressions in (2) with the help of the test criterion (1).

### The model known as “A set of orthogonal polynomial regressions”

It is necessary to approach model (2) more narrowly for our purpose (namely) “the statistical identification of markers from a set of spectral courses”. Every multiple linear regression in model (2) is interpreted as an orthogonal polynomial regression describing one appropriate spectral course. So, we can test (with the help of (3) appropriately modified) arbitrary linear mutual relations among particular spectral courses , .

### The definition matrix

When we summarize the values of regression functions (polynomial regressions) into the vector

we can formally transcribe a null hypothesis (3) into the form

where an abscissa χ is the arbitrary value of used spectral independent variable and

is the so called definition matrix . Definition matrix k expresses generally all conceivable linear mutual relations among regression functions (4).

### A highly effective algorithm for orthogonalization

Computational practice showed that the currently used Gram-Schmidt’s polynomials , , are not able to realize satisfactory measure of orthogonality. For our purpose – the polynomial approximation of a set of spectral courses – we had to use special, outstandingly efficient algorithms , , , , , .

### Identification of markers by simultaneous tests in a set of quantifying dependences

As substantial limitation while using the “Test of the Hypothesis That One Group Of Dependences is Consistent with Another Group of Dependences”  is that the null hypothesis H0 : k(JxM)η(Mx1)(x) = r(Jx1)(x) can be rejected in favor of the double-sided alternative that at least one of the J  linear relations k(JxM)η(Mx1)(x) = r(Jx1)(x) is not valid. However, the biophysical principles of the problem force the experimenter to assume that changes in the concentration of a given biomarker are natural, i.e., complete. It means that the experimenter would need to reject the null hypothesis H0 : k(JxM)η(Mx1)(x) = r(Jx1)(x) in favor of the double-sided alternative that all J  linear relations k(JxM)η(Mx1)(x) = r(Jx1)(x) together are not valid. Resulting from these necessities is the fact that mutual conformity is available only and only in the cases where the number of tested linear relations is J = 1.

It emerges from these reasons that instead of testing one null hypothesis H0 : k(JxM)η(Mx1)(x) = r(Jx1)(x), we must test simultaneous null hypotheses  HJ0 : kJ(1xM)η(Mx1)(x) = rJ(1x1)(x) = rJ(x), where the index for the Jth simultaneous null hypothesis is j = 1, 2, .... κ . The size of the number  κ , the concrete form of definition row vectors kJ(1xM) and elements rJ(x)  is then dependent on whether our data are paired, unpaired or combined. This means that (for a given abscissa χ) the appropriate simultaneous null hypotheses are rejected when un-equalities

are simultaneously valid. Along with this condition, the appropriate power analysis-un-equalities

must be fulfilled.

The requested power of the test (in other words the convention limit) depends on the test significance level α : 1-βreq (α = 0,05) = 0,8 and 1-βreq (α ≤ 0,01) = 0.95 , .

For test significance levels α  greater than α = 0,05, the requested powers of the test are 1-βreq (α = 0,01) = 0,625, possibly 1-βreq (α = 0,2) = 0.2375.

## Experimental results

### Pictorial exemplifications of real data, Figures 1-9.

The potential biomarker areas were obtained by the proposed data-treatment of the mass spectral data, measured with the aim of identifying renal cell carcinoma biomarkers. Two experimental groups (diseased and healthy, i.e. gray and black) are demonstrated in figures. Gray pentagrams : discrete courses of the measured (renal cell carcinoma) spectrum; black points : discrete courses of the measured (not from renal cell carcinoma) spectrum; solid lines: statistical estimations of the courses of function dependences based on the experimental courses of and .

Conventional decision making conditions (5) and (6) are satisfied in the whole measurement range at all the 1st-9th figures. The physical unit of the independent variable (effective mass) in all pictures is Dalton. The physical unit of the dependent variable (intensity of mass-spectrum) in all pictures is as a %. Appropriate potential biomarker areas are then located around the x-ordinates of appropriate dependent variable maximums.

### Identifying biomarker areas in SELDI-TOF mass spectra

A large set of (normalized) mass spectral data, measured with the aim of identifying renal cell carcinoma biomarkers, was subjected to the algorithm described above. A group of data was obtained from 10 patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma. One group of data was obtained from renal cell carcinoma tissue, the second group of data was obtained from the same patients but from healthy (i.e. not renal cell carcinoma) tissue. Naturally, the paired version of the proposed algorithm was used here. Spectra were divided into segments containing 200 points. The findings of the already discovered biomarker “αB-crystallin”1  by the proposed algorithm was confirmed. The proposed algorithm is very sensitive, as yet other potential biomarker areas were found. It managed to find at least 12 cases of other biomarker areas. See figures 1-92.

## Discussion and conclusions

There is no doubt at present that computerized technologies in medicine and biological research, e.g. proteomics and genomics, need new approaches. This paper deals with “The Summary of Algorithmic Fragments for Statistical Identification of Markers From a Set of Spectral Courses” in cases where data error disturbances have a normal distribution.

The proposed algorithm works in practice very well. At first sight, this property of the algorithm could appear rather unexpected considering the very rigorous necessary requirements for the simultaneous testing (1) of the appropriate p (x) -values.

The discovered principles are generally usable in analogical spectroscopy studies, i.e., not only for treatment of MS for the purpose of biomarker identification. They are even generally applicable to the arbitrary problem of marker identification (used in miscellaneous branches of human activity) by simultaneous tests in a set of quantifying dependences.

With the help of an appropriate mass spectra database analysis, the proposed methodological approach will lead to the construction of a clinic running system which will allow statistical decision making concerning suspicion of disease in patients , .

### Acknowledgement

This work was supported by the Czech Science Foundation (grant No. P304/10/0868) and by the European Regional Development Fund (RECAMO; CZ 1.05/2.1.00/03.0101). This study was supported by the programs PRVOUK P37/01, PRVOUK P37/09 and GACR P303/12/P536.

Jiří Knížek, Ing., CSc.

Department of Medical Biophysics,

Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove,

Charles University in Prague,

Šimkova 870,

E-mail: jknizek@lfhk.cuni.cz

Phone: +420 495 816 464

1 Ciphergen-software 

2 Numbers of biomarker areas in particular figures: f.1: 1, f.2: 1, f.3: 1, f.4: 2, f.5: 1, f.6: 2, f.7: 2, f.8: 1, f.9: 1. Note: Numbers of figures in headings of particular figures (e.g. “figure063” and the like) are order numbers of particular (200 points) original spectral segments.

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