Discrete dynamic modeling with asynchronous update, or how to model complex systems in the absence of quantitative information.

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Abstract

A major aim of systems biology is the study of the inter-relationships found within and between large biological data sets. Here we describe one systems biology method, in which the tools of network analysis and discrete dynamic (Boolean) modeling are used to develop predictive models of cellular signaling in cases where detailed temporal and kinetic information regarding the propagation of the signal through the system is lacking. This approach is also applicable to data sets derived from some other types of biological systems, such as transcription factor-mediated regulation of gene expression during the control of developmental fate, or host defense responses following pathogen attack, and is equally applicable to plant and non-plant systems. The method also allows prediction of how elimination of one or more individual signaling components will affect the ultimate outcome, thus allowing the researcher to model the effects of genetic knockout or pharmacological block. The method also serves as a starting point from which more quantitative models can be developed as additional information becomes available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-225
Number of pages19
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Volume553
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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