TitleA systematic approach to reconstructing transcription networks in Saccharomycescerevisiae.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWang, W, J Cherry, M, Botstein, D, Li, H
JournalProc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Date Published2002 Dec 24
KeywordsGene Expression Profiling, Regulatory Sequences, Nucleic Acid, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Transcription Factors, Transcription, Genetic, Transcriptional Activation

Decomposing regulatory networks into functional modules is a first step toward deciphering the logical structure of complex networks. We propose a systematic approach to reconstructing transcription modules (defined by a transcription factor and its target genes) and identifying conditionsperturbations under which a particular transcription module is activateddeactivated. Our approach integrates information from regulatory sequences, genome-wide mRNA expression data, and functional annotation. We systematically analyzed gene expression profiling experiments in which the yeast cell was subjected to various environmental or genetic perturbations. We were able to construct transcription modules with high specificity and sensitivity for many transcription factors, and predict the activation of these modules under anticipated as well as unexpected conditions. These findings generate testable hypotheses when combined with existing knowledge on signaling pathways and protein-protein interactions. Correlating the activation of a module to a specific perturbation predicts links in the cell's regulatory networks, and examining coactivated modules suggests specific instances of crosstalk between regulatory pathways.

Alternate JournalProc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.