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Utilizing multiple pathway cross-talk networks reveals hub pathways in primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma


1 Department of Chest Surgery, The 309th Hospital of PLA, Beijing 100091, China
2 Department of Chest Surgery, General Hospital of PLA, Beijing 100853, China
3 Department of General Surgery, Peking University International Hospital, Beijing 100026, China

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Meng-Li Zheng,
Department of Chest Surgery, The 309th Hospital of PLA, No. 17, Heishanhujia Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100091
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

Objective: The objective of this paper was to reveal hub pathways in primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL) based on multiple pathway crosstalk networks (PCNs) and give insight for its pathological mechanism. Materials and Methods: Based on gene expression data, pathway data and protein-protein interaction data, background PCN (BPCN) and tumor PCN (TPCN) of PMBL were constructed. The rank product algorithm was implemented to identify hub pathways of BPCN and TPCN. Finally, topological properties (degree, closeness, betweenness, and transitivity) of hub pathways were analyzed. Results: For BPCN, there were three hundred nodes and 42,239 edges, and the pathway pairs had great overlaps. TPCN was composed of 281 nodes and 12,700 cross-talks. A total of five hub pathways were identified, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), tuberculosis, human T-lymphotropic virus type-I (HTLV-I) infection, hepatitis B, and Epstein-Barr virus infection. The topological properties for them were different from each other, further between PMBL and normal controls. Conclusion: We have identified five hub pathways for PMBL, such as NAFLD, HTLV-I infection, and Hepatitis B, which might be potential biomarkers for target therapy for PMBL.


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