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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2018, Article ID 6069189, 2 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6069189
Corrigendum

Corrigendum to “Identification of Differentially Expressed Genes in Pituitary Adenomas by Integrating Analysis of Microarray Data”

1Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
2Department of Cardiology, Beijing Chuiyangliu Hospital, Beijing, China
3Beijing Neurosurgical Institute, Center of Brain Tumor, Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yazhuo Zhang; moc.361@ouhzay_gnahz

Received 12 July 2018; Accepted 5 August 2018; Published 6 September 2018

Copyright © 2018 Peng Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In the article titled “Identification of Differentially Expressed Genes in Pituitary Adenomas by Integrating Analysis of Microarray Data” [1], there were errors for the control samples in the datasets we selected in the study. These errors were raised by Mateusz Bujko [2].

Dr. Bujko was concerned with the accuracy of the control samples [2] and pointed out the mistake that for the samples in the GSE4237 dataset by Hussaini (2006), the expression profiling data of tumor tissue samples and cell lines (GSM96624, GSM96625, GSM96626, GSM96627, GSM96628, and GSM96629) were mistakenly used as normal controls for the integrative analysis. The aim of this study was to provide clues to the pathogenesis of pituitary adenomas, and we are very willing to try our best to pursue a reliable outcome. Hence, we reviewed the raw experimental records and the bioinformatics analysis workflow to find where the problem might be arising from.

Additionally, we also reanalyzed the data and found that the obtained results were generally identical to those in the published article. The raw datasets, GSE4237, GSE22812, GSE36314, GSE46311, and GSE51618, and the datasets after normalization with Z score are available in the Supplementary Materials. However, we also ran an analysis considering GSM96624, GSM96625, GSM96626, GSM96627, GSM96628, and GSM96629 (from GSE4237) as though they were normal pituitary tissues and found that the obtained genes showing aberrant expression were completely different from those in the published article. Hence, we are certain the inclusion of these samples as normal control samples was just a mistake in writing the article. There was no problem in the data analysis; hence, the results in the published article are reliable. The detail of samples in each dataset were recorded by the author responsible for data analysis (as in Table 1 below), but a lack of communication in preparing the manuscript caused the error that Dr. Bujko pointed out, and the statement that “we obtained a total of 5 expression profiles of pituitary adenoma in GEO database; it contained 44 samples of pituitary adenoma and 12 samples of controls” was inaccurate because only Oyesiku (2012) in GSE36314 and Feng (2013) in GSE51618 directly compared pituitary adenoma and normal tissues. Hence, this integrative analysis contained 50 samples of pituitary adenoma and 6 samples of controls.

Table 1: Revised characteristics of the individual studies.

Integrative analysis of gene expression profiles in pituitary adenomas will be more valuable compared with small-scale microarray-based expression profiling studies. We hope this integrative analysis will shed light on the pathogenesis of pituitary adenoma. Again, we appreciate Mateusz Bujko’s contribution to correcting our mistake in preparing our article.

Supplementary Materials

Supplementary 1. The raw data of the included datasets downloaded from GEO database.

Supplementary 2. The normalized datasets by Z score transformation.

References

  1. P. Zhao, W. Hu, H. Wang et al., “Identification of differentially expressed genes in pituitary adenomas by integrating analysis of microarray data,” International Journal of Endocrinology, vol. 2015, Article ID 164087, 7 pages, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  2. M. Bujko, “Comment on “Identification of differentially expressed genes in pituitary adenomas by integrating analysis of microarray data”,” International Journal of Endocrinology, vol. 2017, Article ID 2023530, 2 pages, 2017. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus