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Juan Pablo Romero Riojas

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Autores: Romero, Juan Pablo; Rubio, A, (Autor de correspondencia)
Revista: BRIEFINGS IN BIOINFORMATICS
ISSN 1467-5463  Vol. 20  Nº 4  2019  págs. 1358 - 1375
Alternative splicing (AS) has shown to play a pivotal role in the development of diseases, including cancer. Specifically, all the hallmarks of cancer (angiogenesis, cell immortality, avoiding immune system response, etc.) are found to have a counterpart in aberrant splicing of key genes. Identifying the context-specific regulators of splicing provides valuable information to find new biomarkers, as well as to define alternative therapeutic strategies. The computational models to identify these regulators are not trivial and require three conceptual steps: the detection of AS events, the identification of splicing factors that potentially regulate these events and the contextualization of these pieces of information for a specific experiment. In this work, we review the different algorithmic methodologies developed for each of these tasks. Main weaknesses and strengths of the different steps of the pipeline are discussed. Finally, a case study is detailed to help the reader be aware of the potential and limitations of this computational approach.
Autores: Ezponda, Teresa; Romero, Juan Pablo; et al.
Revista: HAEMATOLOGICA
ISSN 0390-6078  Vol. 104  2019  págs. 88 - 88
Autores: Romero, Juan Pablo; Ortiz-Estevez, M.; et al.
Revista: BMC GENOMICS
ISSN 1471-2164  Vol. 19  Nº 703  2018 
Background: RNA-seq is a reference technology for determining alternative splicing at genome-wide level. Exon arrays remain widely used for the analysis of gene expression, but show poor validation rate with regard to splicing events. Commercial arrays that include probes within exon junctions have been developed in order to overcome this problem. We compare the performance of RNA-seq (Illumina HiSeq) and junction arrays (Affymetrix Human Transcriptome array) for the analysis of transcript splicing events. Three different breast cancer cell lines were treated with CX-4945, a drug that severely affects splicing. To enable a direct comparison of the two platforms, we adapted EventPointer, an algorithm that detects and labels alternative splicing events using junction arrays, to work also on RNA-seq data. Common results and discrepancies between the technologies were validated and/or resolved by over 200 PCR experiments. Results: As might be expected, RNA-seq appears superior in cases where the technologies disagree and is able to discover novel splicing events beyond the limitations of physical probe-sets. We observe a high degree of coherence between the two technologies, however, with correlation of EventPointer results over 0.90. Through decimation, the detection power of the junction arrays is equivalent to RNA-seq with up to 60 million reads. Conclusions: Our results suggest, therefore, that exon-junction arrays are a viable alternative to RNA-seq for detection of alternative splicing events when focusing on well-described transcriptional regions.
Autores: Aldave, G.; González, María Soledad; Rubio, A; et al.
Revista: NEURO-ONCOLOGY
ISSN 1522-8517  Vol. 20  Nº 7  2018  págs. 930 - 941
Background: Glioblastoma, the most aggressive primary brain tumor, is genetically heterogeneous. Alternative splicing (AS) plays a key role in numerous pathologies, including cancer. The objectives of our study were to determine whether aberrant AS could play a role in the malignant phenotype of glioma and to understand the mechanism underlying its aberrant regulation. Methods: We obtained surgical samples from patients with glioblastoma who underwent 5-aminolevulinic fluorescence-guided surgery. Biopsies were taken from the tumor center as well as from adjacent normal-appearing tissue. We used a global splicing array to identify candidate genes aberrantly spliced in these glioblastoma samples. Mechanistic and functional studies were performed to elucidate the role of our top candidate splice variant, BAF45d, in glioblastoma. Results: BAF45d is part of the switch/sucrose nonfermentable complex and plays a key role in the development of the CNS. The BAF45d/6A isoform is present in 85% of over 200 glioma samples that have been analyzed and contributes to the malignant glioma phenotype through the maintenance of an undifferentiated cellular state. We demonstrate that BAF45d splicing is mediated by polypyrimidine tract-binding protein 1 (PTBP1) and that BAF45d regulates PTBP1, uncovering a reciprocal interplay between RNA splicing regulation and transcription. Conclusions: Our data indicate that AS is a mechanism that contributes to the malignant phenotype of glioblastoma. Understanding the consequences of this biological process will uncover new therapeutic targets for this devastating disease.
Autores: Romero, Juan Pablo; Rubio, A, (Autor de correspondencia)
Revista: BRIEFINGS IN BIOINFORMATICS
ISSN 1477-4054  2018 
Alternative splicing (AS) has shown to play a pivotal role in the development of diseases, including cancer. Specifically, all the hallmarks of cancer (angiogenesis, cell immortality, avoiding immune system response, etc.) are found to have a counterpart in aberrant splicing of key genes. Identifying the context-specific regulators of splicing provides valuable information to find new biomarkers, as well as to define alternative therapeutic strategies. The computational models to identify these regulators are not trivial and require three conceptual steps: the detection of AS events, the identification of splicing factors that potentially regulate these events and the contextualization of these pieces of information for a specific experiment. In this work, we review the different algorithmic methodologies developed for each of these tasks. Main weaknesses and strengths of the different steps of the pipeline are discussed. Finally, a case study is detailed to help the reader be aware of the potential and limitations of this computational approach.