Open Access Methodology article

Supervised Regularized Canonical Correlation Analysis: integrating histologic and proteomic measurements for predicting biochemical recurrence following prostate surgery

Abhishek Golugula1, George Lee2, Stephen R Master3, Michael D Feldman3, John E Tomaszewski3, David W Speicher4 and Anant Madabhushi2*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

2 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

3 Department of Pathology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

4 The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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BMC Bioinformatics 2011, 12:483  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-12-483

Published: 19 December 2011

Abstract

Background

Multimodal data, especially imaging and non-imaging data, is being routinely acquired in the context of disease diagnostics; however, computational challenges have limited the ability to quantitatively integrate imaging and non-imaging data channels with different dimensionalities and scales. To the best of our knowledge relatively few attempts have been made to quantitatively fuse such data to construct classifiers and none have attempted to quantitatively combine histology (imaging) and proteomic (non-imaging) measurements for making diagnostic and prognostic predictions. The objective of this work is to create a common subspace to simultaneously accommodate both the imaging and non-imaging data (and hence data corresponding to different scales and dimensionalities), called a metaspace. This metaspace can be used to build a meta-classifier that produces better classification results than a classifier that is based on a single modality alone. Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA) and Regularized CCA (RCCA) are statistical techniques that extract correlations between two modes of data to construct a homogeneous, uniform representation of heterogeneous data channels. In this paper, we present a novel modification to CCA and RCCA, Supervised Regularized Canonical Correlation Analysis (SRCCA), that (1) enables the quantitative integration of data from multiple modalities using a feature selection scheme, (2) is regularized, and (3) is computationally cheap. We leverage this SRCCA framework towards the fusion of proteomic and histologic image signatures for identifying prostate cancer patients at the risk of 5 year biochemical recurrence following radical prostatectomy.

Results

A cohort of 19 grade, stage matched prostate cancer patients, all of whom had radical prostatectomy, including 10 of whom had biochemical recurrence within 5 years of surgery and 9 of whom did not, were considered in this study. The aim was to construct a lower fused dimensional metaspace comprising both the histological and proteomic measurements obtained from the site of the dominant nodule on the surgical specimen. In conjunction with SRCCA, a random forest classifier was able to identify prostate cancer patients, who developed biochemical recurrence within 5 years, with a maximum classification accuracy of 93%.

Conclusions

The classifier performance in the SRCCA space was found to be statistically significantly higher compared to the fused data representations obtained, not only from CCA and RCCA, but also two other statistical techniques called Principal Component Analysis and Partial Least Squares Regression. These results suggest that SRCCA is a computationally efficient and a highly accurate scheme for representing multimodal (histologic and proteomic) data in a metaspace and that it could be used to construct fused biomarkers for predicting disease recurrence and prognosis.