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Fully Bayesian Analysis of High-throughput Targeted Metabolomics Assays

Citation:

Crooks, J., D. MacMillan, AND J. Gallagher. Fully Bayesian Analysis of High-throughput Targeted Metabolomics Assays. Presented at ENAR 2014, International Biometric Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 16 - 19, 2014.

Description:

High-throughput metabolomic assays that allow simultaneous targeted screening of hundreds of metabolites have recently become available in kit form. Such assays provide a window into understanding changes to biochemical pathways due to chemical exposure or disease, and are useful tools for toxicological studies and biomarker discovery. The manufacturer has recently begun including a statistical analysis package with these kits, which the analytical chemistry community has found very helpful. This package supports preliminary data exploration and basic analyses, but it is less suited to complex experimental designs, and it lacks multiple-testing adjustment and other tools for promoting reproducibility. Fortunately, the smaller number of features measured by such assays relative to that for genomic assays makes a fully Bayesian approach practical on standard computing hardware. We present a novel model for analyzing the output of high-throughput metabolomic assays in a statistically rigorous manner. The model includes flexible spline-based normalization across samples, as well as Bayesian variable selection and multiplicity adjustment. It also allows a choice of likelihood specification and link function. The model can be used either in differential expression-style studies where the metabolite concentrations are treated as dependent variables or in susceptibility-style studies where the metabolite concentrations are treated as independent variables. Examples for both study types are given using data from the Mechanistic Indicators of Childhood Asthma (MICA) study targeting 186 metabolites associated with a variety of metabolic disorders. Disclaimer: This abstract does not necessarily reflect U.S. EPA policy.

Purpose/Objective:

This abstract will be presented at the Eastern North American Region (ENAR)2014, International Biometric Society Meeting, March 16-19, 2014, Baltimore, MD.

URLs/Downloads:

CROOKS-FINAL ABSTRACT-ENAR2014.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 261.978 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Completion Date: 03/16/2014
Record Last Revised: 03/16/2014
Record Created: 03/16/2014
Record Released: 03/16/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 270957

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR HEALTH

RESEARCH CORES UNIT