Increasing efforts have been done to figure out the association between lncRNAs and complex diseases. Many computational models construct various lncRNA similarity networks, disease similarity networks, along with known lncRNA-disease associations to infer novel associations. However, most of them neglect the structural difference between lncRNAs network and diseases network, hierarchical relationships between diseases and pattern of newly discovered associations. In this study, researchers from Southwest University, China developed a model that performs Bi-Random Walks to predict novel LncRNA-Disease Associations (BRWLDA in short). This model utilizes multiple heterogeneous data to construct the lncRNA functional similarity network, and Disease Ontology to construct a disease network. It then constructs a directed bi-relational network based on these two networks and available lncRNAs-disease associations. Next, it applies bi-random walks on the network to predict potential associations. BRWLDA achieves reliable and better performance than other comparing methods not only on experiment verified associations, but also on the simulated experiments with masked associations. Case studies further demonstrate the feasibility of BRWLDA in identifying new lncRNA-disease associations.
Flowchart of lncRNA similarity measurement. Three different biological data related to lncRNAs are used to measure lncRNA-lncRNA similarity.