Suggesting disease associations for overlooked metabolites using literature from metabolic neighbours [article]

Maxime Delmas, Olivier Filangi, Christophe Duperier, Nils Paulhe, Florence Vinson, Pablo Rodriguez-Mier, Franck Giacomoni, Fabien Jourdan, Clément Frainay
2022 bioRxiv   pre-print
In human health research, metabolic signatures extracted from metabolomics data are a strong-added value for stratifying patients and identifying biomarkers. Nevertheless, one of the main challenges is to interpret and relate these lists of discriminant metabolites to pathological mechanisms. This task requires experts to combine their knowledge with information extracted from databases and the scientific literature. However, we show that a large fraction of metabolites are rarely or never
more » ... oned in the literature. Consequently, these overlooked metabolites are often set aside and the interpretation of metabolic signatures is restricted to a subset of the significant metabolites. To suggest potential pathological phenotypes related to these understudied metabolites, we extend the 'guilt by association' principle to literature information by using a Bayesian framework. With this approach, we suggest more than 35,000 associations between 1,047 overlooked metabolites and 3,288 diseases (or disease families). All these newly inferred associations are freely available on the FORUM ftp server (See information at
doi:10.1101/2022.09.13.507596 fatcat:ldb52sorgrdrrad2qebn4xeeym