An overview of bioinformatics methods for analyzing autism spectrum disorders

Shogo Nakashima, Jose C. Nacher, Jiangning Song, Tatsuya Akutsu

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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders and are well recognized to be biologically heterogeneous in which various factors are associated, including genetic, metabolic, and environmental ones. Despite its high prevalence, only a few drugs have been approved for the treatment of ASD. Therefore, extensive studies have been conducted to identify ASD risk genes and novel drug targets. Since many genes and many other factors are associated with ASD, various bioinformatics methods have also been developed for the analysis of ASD. In this paper, we review bioinformatics methods for analyzing ASD data with the focus on computational aspects. We classify existing methods into two categories: (i) methods based on genomic variants and gene expression data, and (ii) methods using biological networks, which include gene co-expression networks and protein-protein interaction networks. Next, for each method, we provide an overall flow and elaborate on the computational techniques used. We also briefly review other approaches and discuss possible future directions and strategies for developing bioinformatics approaches to analyze ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4552-4559
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Pharmaceutical Design
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2019


  • ASD
  • Autism
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics approaches
  • Genomic variants
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

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