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Incremental and unifying modelling formalism for biological interaction networks.

Yartseva A, Klaudel H, Devillers R, Képès F - BMC Bioinformatics (2007)

Bottom Line: We also show how to extract from our model a classical ODE description of the dynamics of a system.This approach provides an additional level of description between the biological and mathematical ones.It yields, on the one hand, a knowledge expression in a form which is intuitive for biologists and, on the other hand, its representation in a formal and structured way.

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Affiliation: IBISC - Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne, Tour Evry 2, 523 place des Terrasses de l'Agora, F-91000 Evry, France. iartseva@gmail.com

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Background: An appropriate choice of the modeling formalism from the broad range of existing ones may be crucial for efficiently describing and analyzing biological systems.

Results: We propose a new unifying and incremental formalism for the representation and modeling of biological interaction networks. This formalism allows automated translations into other formalisms, thus enabling a thorough study of the dynamic properties of a biological system. As a first illustration, we propose a translation into the R. Thomas' multivalued logical formalism which provides a possible semantics; a methodology for constructing such models is presented on a classical benchmark: the lambda phage genetic switch. We also show how to extract from our model a classical ODE description of the dynamics of a system.

Conclusion: This approach provides an additional level of description between the biological and mathematical ones. It yields, on the one hand, a knowledge expression in a form which is intuitive for biologists and, on the other hand, its representation in a formal and structured way.

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Representation of a chemical species and of a regulatory site.
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Figure 2: Representation of a chemical species and of a regulatory site.

Mentions: Chemical species are graphically represented by rectangular boxes. Various affinities can be represented inside the species (by named triangles) omitting all the details except for their label. The nature of the interaction between two biological entities can be unknown. So, a wild-card affinity, labeled "*", may be defined for every species, standing for an unknown mechanism of regulation (see Figure 2 for an example of a chemical species).


Incremental and unifying modelling formalism for biological interaction networks.

Yartseva A, Klaudel H, Devillers R, Képès F - BMC Bioinformatics (2007)

Representation of a chemical species and of a regulatory site.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 2: Representation of a chemical species and of a regulatory site.
Mentions: Chemical species are graphically represented by rectangular boxes. Various affinities can be represented inside the species (by named triangles) omitting all the details except for their label. The nature of the interaction between two biological entities can be unknown. So, a wild-card affinity, labeled "*", may be defined for every species, standing for an unknown mechanism of regulation (see Figure 2 for an example of a chemical species).

Bottom Line: We also show how to extract from our model a classical ODE description of the dynamics of a system.This approach provides an additional level of description between the biological and mathematical ones.It yields, on the one hand, a knowledge expression in a form which is intuitive for biologists and, on the other hand, its representation in a formal and structured way.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: IBISC - Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne, Tour Evry 2, 523 place des Terrasses de l'Agora, F-91000 Evry, France. iartseva@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: An appropriate choice of the modeling formalism from the broad range of existing ones may be crucial for efficiently describing and analyzing biological systems.

Results: We propose a new unifying and incremental formalism for the representation and modeling of biological interaction networks. This formalism allows automated translations into other formalisms, thus enabling a thorough study of the dynamic properties of a biological system. As a first illustration, we propose a translation into the R. Thomas' multivalued logical formalism which provides a possible semantics; a methodology for constructing such models is presented on a classical benchmark: the lambda phage genetic switch. We also show how to extract from our model a classical ODE description of the dynamics of a system.

Conclusion: This approach provides an additional level of description between the biological and mathematical ones. It yields, on the one hand, a knowledge expression in a form which is intuitive for biologists and, on the other hand, its representation in a formal and structured way.

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