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Domain-specific model selection for structural identification of the Rab5-Rab7 dynamics in endocytosis.

Tanevski J, Todorovski L, Kalaidzidis Y, Džeroski S - BMC Syst Biol (2015)

Bottom Line: Furthermore, taking into account the complexity of the model does not lead to better model selection.However, the use of domain-specific criteria results in a remarkable improvement over the other two model selection criteria.We also find that some of the model structures discarded as implausible in previous studies lead to the expected Rab5-Rab7 switch behavior.

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Affiliation: Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia. jovan.tanevski@ijs.si.

ABSTRACT

Background: Given its recent rapid development and the central role that modeling plays in the discipline, systems biology clearly needs methods for automated modeling of dynamical systems. Process-based modeling focuses on explanatory models of dynamical systems; it constructs such models from measured time-course data and formalized modeling knowledge. In this paper, we apply process-based modeling to the practically relevant task of modeling the Rab5-Rab7 conversion switch in endocytosis. The task is difficult due to the limited observability of the system variables and the noisy measurements, which pose serious challenges to the process of model selection. To address these issues, we propose a domain-specific model selection criteria that take into account knowledge about the necessary properties of the simulated model behavior.

Results: In a series of modeling experiments, we compare the results of process-based modeling obtained with different model selection criteria. The first is the standard maximum likelihood criterion based solely on least-squares model error. The second one is a parsimony-based criterion that also takes into account model complexity. We also introduce three domain-specific criteria based on domain expert expectations about the simulated behavior of an endocytosis model. According to the first criterion, 90 of the candidate models are indistinguishable. Furthermore, taking into account the complexity of the model does not lead to better model selection. However, the use of domain-specific criteria results in a remarkable improvement over the other two model selection criteria.

Conclusions: We demonstrate the applicability of process-based modeling to the task of modeling the Rab5-Rab7 dynamics in endocytosis. Our experiments show that the domain-specific criteria outperform the standard domain-independent criteria for model selection. We also find that some of the model structures discarded as implausible in previous studies lead to the expected Rab5-Rab7 switch behavior.

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The structure (top), the output behavior (bottom left) and the behavior of the active and passive state protein concentrations (bottom right) of the best ranked model from the COT group, obtained using the ERX criterion with α=0.5. The model is ranked fourth overall and has an error ERX=0.129
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Fig13: The structure (top), the output behavior (bottom left) and the behavior of the active and passive state protein concentrations (bottom right) of the best ranked model from the COT group, obtained using the ERX criterion with α=0.5. The model is ranked fourth overall and has an error ERX=0.129

Mentions: Figure 13 depicts the structure of the top-ranked model having a structure belonging to the COT group. It is ranked as fourth overall. The simulation of the total densities has a good fit to the measured data, both qualitatively and quantitatively indistinguishable from the simulation of the top-ranked model. The simulation of the active and passive components of both protein domains achieve the expected behavior. The dynamics of the active states of the protein domains drives the dynamics of the system and their switching time corresponds to the switching time observed in the measurements. The passive state concentrations remain stable throughout the time of simulation.Fig. 13


Domain-specific model selection for structural identification of the Rab5-Rab7 dynamics in endocytosis.

Tanevski J, Todorovski L, Kalaidzidis Y, Džeroski S - BMC Syst Biol (2015)

The structure (top), the output behavior (bottom left) and the behavior of the active and passive state protein concentrations (bottom right) of the best ranked model from the COT group, obtained using the ERX criterion with α=0.5. The model is ranked fourth overall and has an error ERX=0.129
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Fig13: The structure (top), the output behavior (bottom left) and the behavior of the active and passive state protein concentrations (bottom right) of the best ranked model from the COT group, obtained using the ERX criterion with α=0.5. The model is ranked fourth overall and has an error ERX=0.129
Mentions: Figure 13 depicts the structure of the top-ranked model having a structure belonging to the COT group. It is ranked as fourth overall. The simulation of the total densities has a good fit to the measured data, both qualitatively and quantitatively indistinguishable from the simulation of the top-ranked model. The simulation of the active and passive components of both protein domains achieve the expected behavior. The dynamics of the active states of the protein domains drives the dynamics of the system and their switching time corresponds to the switching time observed in the measurements. The passive state concentrations remain stable throughout the time of simulation.Fig. 13

Bottom Line: Furthermore, taking into account the complexity of the model does not lead to better model selection.However, the use of domain-specific criteria results in a remarkable improvement over the other two model selection criteria.We also find that some of the model structures discarded as implausible in previous studies lead to the expected Rab5-Rab7 switch behavior.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia. jovan.tanevski@ijs.si.

ABSTRACT

Background: Given its recent rapid development and the central role that modeling plays in the discipline, systems biology clearly needs methods for automated modeling of dynamical systems. Process-based modeling focuses on explanatory models of dynamical systems; it constructs such models from measured time-course data and formalized modeling knowledge. In this paper, we apply process-based modeling to the practically relevant task of modeling the Rab5-Rab7 conversion switch in endocytosis. The task is difficult due to the limited observability of the system variables and the noisy measurements, which pose serious challenges to the process of model selection. To address these issues, we propose a domain-specific model selection criteria that take into account knowledge about the necessary properties of the simulated model behavior.

Results: In a series of modeling experiments, we compare the results of process-based modeling obtained with different model selection criteria. The first is the standard maximum likelihood criterion based solely on least-squares model error. The second one is a parsimony-based criterion that also takes into account model complexity. We also introduce three domain-specific criteria based on domain expert expectations about the simulated behavior of an endocytosis model. According to the first criterion, 90 of the candidate models are indistinguishable. Furthermore, taking into account the complexity of the model does not lead to better model selection. However, the use of domain-specific criteria results in a remarkable improvement over the other two model selection criteria.

Conclusions: We demonstrate the applicability of process-based modeling to the task of modeling the Rab5-Rab7 dynamics in endocytosis. Our experiments show that the domain-specific criteria outperform the standard domain-independent criteria for model selection. We also find that some of the model structures discarded as implausible in previous studies lead to the expected Rab5-Rab7 switch behavior.

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