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Automatically visualise and analyse data on pathways using PathVisioRPC from any programming environment

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Bioinformatics, August 2015
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Automatically visualise and analyse data on pathways using PathVisioRPC from any programming environment
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BMC Bioinformatics, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12859-015-0708-8
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Anwesha Bohler, Lars M. T. Eijssen, Martijn P. van Iersel, Christ Leemans, Egon L. Willighagen, Martina Kutmon, Magali Jaillard, Chris T. Evelo


Biological pathways are descriptive diagrams of biological processes widely used for functional analysis of differentially expressed genes or proteins. Primary data analysis, such as quality control, normalisation, and statistical analysis, is often performed in scripting languages like R, Perl, and Python. Subsequent pathway analysis is usually performed using dedicated external applications. Workflows involving manual use of multiple environments are time consuming and error prone. Therefore, tools are needed that enable pathway analysis directly within the same scripting languages used for primary data analyses. Existing tools have limited capability in terms of available pathway content, pathway editing and visualisation options, and export file formats. Consequently, making the full-fledged pathway analysis tool PathVisio available from various scripting languages will benefit researchers. We developed PathVisioRPC, an XMLRPC interface for the pathway analysis software PathVisio. PathVisioRPC enables creating and editing biological pathways, visualising data on pathways, performing pathway statistics, and exporting results in several image formats in multiple programming environments. We demonstrate PathVisioRPC functionalities using examples in Python. Subsequently, we analyse a publicly available NCBI GEO gene expression dataset studying tumour bearing mice treated with cyclophosphamide in R. The R scripts demonstrate how calls to existing R packages for data processing and calls to PathVisioRPC can directly work together. To further support R users, we have created RPathVisio simplifying the use of PathVisioRPC in this environment. We have also created a pathway module for the microarray data analysis portal ArrayAnalysis.org that calls the PathVisioRPC interface to perform pathway analysis. This module allows users to use PathVisio functionality online without having to download and install the software and exemplifies how the PathVisioRPC interface can be used by data analysis pipelines for functional analysis of processed genomics data. PathVisioRPC enables data visualisation and pathway analysis directly from within various analytical environments used for preliminary analyses. It supports the use of existing pathways from WikiPathways or pathways created using the RPC itself. It also enables automation of tasks performed using PathVisio, making it useful to PathVisio users performing repeated visualisation and analysis tasks. PathVisioRPC is freely available for academic and commercial use at http://projects.bigcat.unimaas.nl/pathvisiorpc .

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Netherlands 3 5%
United Kingdom 2 3%
Switzerland 1 2%
Brazil 1 2%
Korea, Republic of 1 2%
Unknown 54 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 16 26%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 23%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Other 5 8%
Student > Postgraduate 5 8%
Other 13 21%
Unknown 2 3%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 19 31%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 17 27%
Computer Science 9 15%
Engineering 3 5%
Chemistry 3 5%
Other 8 13%
Unknown 3 5%

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