Early Detection Research Network

CancerLocator: non-invasive cancer diagnosis and tissue-of-origin prediction using methylation profiles of cell-free DNA.

We propose a probabilistic method, CancerLocator, which exploits the diagnostic potential of cell-free DNA by determining not only the presence but also the location of tumors. CancerLocator simultaneously infers the proportions and the tissue-of-origin of tumor-derived cell-free DNA in a blood sample using genome-wide DNA methylation data. CancerLocator outperforms two established multi-class classification methods on simulations and real data, even with the low proportion of tumor-derived DNA in the cell-free DNA scenarios. CancerLocator also achieves promising results on patient plasma samples with low DNA methylation sequencing coverage.

Alber F, Chen Q, Dubinett SM, Grimes B, Kang S, Krysan K, Lee G, Li Q, Li W, Park S, Sun F, Wang W, Yu M, Zhou XJ, Zhou Y


Genome Biol., 2017, 18 (1)

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