Generalized logical model based on network topology to capture the dynamical trends of cellular signaling pathways
Zhao, Li Na
Przytycka, Teresa M.
Date of Issue2016-01-11
School of Computer Engineering
Background: Cellular responses to extracellular perturbations require signaling pathways to capture and transmit the signals. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of signal transduction are not yet fully understood, thus detailed and comprehensive models may not be available for all the signaling pathways. In particular, insufficient knowledge of parameters, which is a long-standing hindrance for quantitative kinetic modeling necessitates the use of parameter-free methods for modeling and simulation to capture dynamic properties of signaling pathways. Results: We present a computational model that is able to simulate the graded responses to degradations, the sigmoidal biological relationships between signaling molecules and the effects of scheduled perturbations to the cells. The simulation results are validated using experimental data of protein phosphorylation, demonstrating that the proposed model is capable of capturing the main trend of protein activities during the process of signal transduction. Compared with existing simulators, our model has better performance on predicting the state transitions of signaling networks. Conclusion: The proposed simulation tool provides a valuable resource for modeling cellular signaling pathways using a knowledge-based method.
Generalized logical model; Signaling pathways; Dynamical system; Cancer
BMC Systems Biology
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