Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive hereditary muscular disease caused by a lack of dystrophin, leading to membrane instability, cell damage, and inflammatory response. However, gene-editing alone is not enough to restore the healthy phenotype and additional treatments are required. In the present study, we have first conducted a meta-analysis of three microarray datasets, GSE38417, GSE3307, and GSE6011, to identify the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between healthy donors and DMD patients. We have then integrated this analysis with the knowledge obtained from DisGeNET and DIAMOnD, a well-known algorithm for drug-gene association discoveries in the human interactome. The data obtained allowed us to identify novel possible target genes and were used to predict potential therapeutical options that could reverse the pathological condition.

A Network Medicine Approach for Drug Repurposing in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Basile, Maria Sofia;Arcidiacono, Antonio;Mangano, Katia;Nicoletti, Ferdinando;Fagone, Paolo
2021

Abstract

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive hereditary muscular disease caused by a lack of dystrophin, leading to membrane instability, cell damage, and inflammatory response. However, gene-editing alone is not enough to restore the healthy phenotype and additional treatments are required. In the present study, we have first conducted a meta-analysis of three microarray datasets, GSE38417, GSE3307, and GSE6011, to identify the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between healthy donors and DMD patients. We have then integrated this analysis with the knowledge obtained from DisGeNET and DIAMOnD, a well-known algorithm for drug-gene association discoveries in the human interactome. The data obtained allowed us to identify novel possible target genes and were used to predict potential therapeutical options that could reverse the pathological condition.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
computational biology
drug discovery
drug repurposing
microarray analysis
network medicine
protein–protein interactions
Drug Repositioning
Dystrophin
Humans
Microarray Analysis
Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne
Phenotype
Gene Expression Regulation
Gene Regulatory Networks
Pharmacogenetics
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