Deep learning of pharmacogenomics resources: Moving towards precision oncology

Yu Chiao Chiu, Hung I.Harry Chen, Aparna Gorthi, Milad Mostavi, Siyuan Zheng, Yufei Huang, Yidong Chen

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The recent accumulation of cancer genomic data provides an opportunity to understand how a tumor's genomic characteristics can affect its responses to drugs. This field, called pharmacogenomics, is a key area in the development of precision oncology. Deep learning (DL) methodology has emerged as a powerful technique to characterize and learn from rapidly accumulating pharmacogenomics data. We introduce the fundamentals and typical model architectures of DL. We review the use of DL in classification of cancers and cancer subtypes (diagnosis and treatment stratification of patients), prediction of drug response and drug synergy for individual tumors (treatment prioritization for a patient), drug repositioning and discovery and the study of mechanism/mode of action of treatments. For each topic, we summarize current genomics and pharmacogenomics data resources such as pan-cancer genomics data for cancer cell lines (CCLs) and tumors, and systematic pharmacologic screens of CCLs. By revisiting the published literature, including our in-house analyses, we demonstrate the unprecedented capability of DL enabled by rapid accumulation of data resources to decipher complex drug response patterns, thus potentially improving cancer medicine. Overall, this review provides an in-depth summary of state-of-the-art DL methods and up-to-date pharmacogenomics resources and future opportunities and challenges to realize the goal of precision oncology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2066-2083
Number of pages18
JournalBriefings in Bioinformatics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • cancer
  • deep learning
  • drug discovery
  • pharmacogenomics
  • precision oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Molecular Biology


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