Modelling Gene Interaction Networks from Time-Series Gene Expression Data using Evolving Spiking Neural Networks

Elisa Capecci, Jesus Lobo, Ibai Lana, Josafath Espinosa-Ramos , Nikola Kasabov

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The genetic mechanisms responsible for the differentiation, metabolism, morphology and function of a cell in both normal and abnormal conditions can be uncovered by the analysis of transcriptomes. Mining big data such as the information encoded in nucleic acids, proteins, and metabolites has challenged researchers for several years now. Even though bioinformatics and system biology techniques have improved greatly and many improvements have been done in these fields of research, most of the processes that influence gene interaction over time are still unknown. In this study, we apply state-of-the art spiking neural network techniques to model, analyse and extract information about the regulatory processes of gene expression over time. A case study of microarray profiling in human skin during elicitation of eczema is used to examine the temporal association of genes involved in the inflammatory response, by means of a gene interaction network. Spiking neural network techniques are able to learn the interaction between genes using information encoded from the time-series gene expression data as spikes. The temporal interaction is learned, and the patterns of activity extracted and analysed with a gene interaction network. Results demonstrated that useful knowledge can be extracted from the data by using spiking neural network, unlocking some of the possible mechanisms involved in the regulatory process of gene expression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalEvolving Systems
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 25 Feb 2019


  • Artifical intelligence
  • Evolving spiking neural networks
  • Transcriptome
  • Gene expression
  • Microarray
  • Data analysis
  • Gene interaction networks
  • Nickel allergy
  • Allergic contact dermatitis


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