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      Extracting a Cellular Hierarchy from High-dimensional Cytometry Data with SPADE


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          Multiparametric single-cell analysis is critical for understanding cellular heterogeneity. Despite recent technological advances in single-cell measurements, methods for analyzing high-dimensional single-cell data are often subjective, labor intensive and require prior knowledge of the biological system under investigation. To objectively uncover cellular heterogeneity from single-cell measurements, we present a novel computational approach, Spanning-tree Progression Analysis of Density-normalized Events (SPADE). We applied SPADE to cytometry data of mouse and human bone marrow. In both cases, SPADE organized cells in a hierarchy of related phenotypes that partially recapitulated well-described patterns of hematopoiesis. In addition, SPADE produced a map of intracellular signal activation across the landscape of human hematopoietic development. SPADE revealed a functionally distinct cell population, natural killer (NK) cells, without using any NK-specific parameters. SPADE is a versatile method that facilitates the analysis of cellular heterogeneity, the identification of cell types, and comparison of functional markers in response to perturbations.

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                Nat Biotechnol
                Nature biotechnology
                9 September 2011
                2 October 2011
                2 April 2012
                : 29
                : 10
                : 886-891
                [1 ]Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
                [2 ]Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
                [3 ]Computer Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
                [4 ]Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
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                Award ID: R01 CA130826-04 || CA



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