Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

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Determinants of Health in Oral Cancer Patients by Treatment and Transcriptome
by Schomberg, John Paul, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2018, 143; 10824749
Abstract (Summary)

Oral Cancer is a disease related to multiple exposures. In the United States approximately 50000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck each year. Unfortunately even though there have been some improvements in care, 10000 head and neck cancer patients die each year. Identifying those patients that would respond the best to treatment through quality of care guidelines, genetic signatures, and identifying genetic targets for treatment through machine learning analysis are the focus of this dissertation. The work outlined in this dissertation specifically addresses the differences in survival between patients that are meeting NCCN guidelines for recommendation of chemotherapy and receive recommended therapy and those that do not. This study is a well powered analysis of 37,985 patients pulled from the California cancer registry. It was found that patients have significantly improved survival when there provider prescribes chemotherapy when recommended by NCCN.

In Chapter 2 gene expression signatures are made to predict patient response to treatment. An aggregate signature was identified using a high dimensional dataset with relatively low number of observations (n = 257). By permuting the dataset 100 times via Monte Carlo cross validation and then performing differential expression analysis between treatment responders and non-responders within each permuted dataset, this study was able to identify genes that were differentially expressed across multiple permutations and utilize those gene expression values within a final aggregated signature predicting treatment response.

Chapter 3 utilizes the same gene expression data in a different way by applying machine learning methods known as random forest to rank influential genes and evaluate the pathways within which those genes reside. Integrated with this machine learning analysis is the application of chemical informatics to identify those small molecules in FDA approved drug database and Traditional Chinese Medicine database that meet similarity criteria when measure against a reference ligand known to bind to a drug target site.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anton-Culver, Hoda
Commitee: Norden-Krichmar, Trina, Ziogas, Argyrios
School: University of California, Irvine
Department: Epidemiology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Genetics, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, Oncology
Keywords: Bioinformatics, Monte Carlo cross validation, NCCN guidelines, Oral cancer, Random forest, Treatment response
Publication Number: 10824749
ISBN: 9780438296435
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