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Knowledge synthesis of 100 million biomedical documents augments the deep expression profiling of coronavirus receptors

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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e58040 doi: 10.7554/eLife.58040

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic demands assimilation of all biomedical knowledge to decode mechanisms of pathogenesis. Despite the recent renaissance in neural networks, a platform for the real-time synthesis of the exponentially growing biomedical literature and deep omics insights is unavailable. Here, we present the nferX platform for dynamic inference from 45 quadrillion+ possible conceptual associations from unstructured text and triangulation with insights from Single Cell RNA-sequencing, bulk RNAseq and proteomics from diverse tissue types. A hypothesis-free profiling of ACE2 suggests tongue keratinocytes, olfactory epithelial cells, airway club cells and respiratory ciliated cells as potential reservoirs of the SARS-CoV-2 receptor. We find the gut as the putative hotspot of COVID-19, where a maturation correlated transcriptional signature is shared in small intestine enterocytes among coronavirus receptors(ACE2, DPP4, ANPEP). A holistic data science platform triangulating insights from structured and unstructured data holds potential for accelerating the generation of impactful biological insights and hypotheses.

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  1. AJ Venkatakrishnan

    R&D, nference, Cambridge, United States
    Competing interests
    AJ Venkatakrishnan, AJ Venkatakrishnan is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  2. Arjun Puranik

    Data Science, nference, San Francisco, United States
    Competing interests
    Arjun Puranik, Arjun Puranik is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  3. Akash Anand

    Data Science, nference, Bangalore, India
    Competing interests
    Akash Anand, Akash Anand is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  4. David Zemmour

    R&D, nference, Cambridge, United States
    Competing interests
    David Zemmour, David Zemmour is affiliated to nference. The author has no financial interests to declare..
  5. Xiang Yao

    R&D Data Sciences, Janssen, San Diego, United States
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    Xiang Yao, Xiang Yao is affiliated to Janssen. The author has no financial interests to declare..
  6. Xiaoying Wu

    R&D Data Sciences, Janssen, Spring House, United States
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    Xiaoying Wu, Xiaoying Wu is affiliated to Janssen. The author has no financial interests to declare..
  7. Ramakrishna Chilaka

    Engineering, nference, Bangalore, India
    Competing interests
    Ramakrishna Chilaka, Ramakrishna Chilaka is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  8. Dariusz K Murakowski

    R&D, nference, Cambridge, United States
    Competing interests
    Dariusz K Murakowski, Dariusz Murakowski is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-9920-4980
  9. Kristopher Standish

    R&D Data Sciences, Janssen, San Diego, United States
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    Kristopher Standish, Kristopher Standish is affiliated to Janssen. The author has no financial interests to declare..
  10. Bharathwaj Raghunathan

    Data Sciences, nference, Toronto, Canada
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    Bharathwaj Raghunathan, Bharathwaj Raghunathan is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  11. Tyler Wagner

    R&D, nference, Cambridge, United States
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    Tyler Wagner, Tyler Wagner is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  12. Enrique Garcia-Rivera

    R&D, nference, Cambridge, United States
    Competing interests
    Enrique Garcia-Rivera, Enrique Garcia-Rivera is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  13. Hugo Solomon

    R&D, nference, Cambridge, United States
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    Hugo Solomon, Hugo Solomon is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests to declare..
  14. Abhinav Garg

    Engineering, nference, Bangalore, India
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    Abhinav Garg, Abinav Garg is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  15. Rakesh Barve

    Data Sciences, nference, Bangalore, India
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    Rakesh Barve, Rakesh Barve is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
  16. Anuli Anyanwu-Ofili

    R&D Strategy & Operations, Janssen, Spring House, United States
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    Anuli Anyanwu-Ofili, Anuli Anyanwu-Ofili is affiliated to Janssen. The author has no financial interests to declare..
  17. Najat Khan

    R&D Data Sciences, R&D Strategy & Operations, Janssen, Spring House, United States
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    Najat Khan, Najat Khan is affiliated to Janssen. The author has no financial interests to declare..
  18. Venky Soundararajan

    R&D, nference, Cambridge, United States
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    venky@nference.net
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    Venky Soundararajan, Ramakrishna Chilaka is affiliated to nference. The author has financial interests in nference..
    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-7434-9211

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No external funding was received for this work.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Mone Zaidi, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: April 18, 2020
  2. Accepted: May 27, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: May 28, 2020 (version 1)

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© 2020, Venkatakrishnan et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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