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Investigating the two-moment characterisation of subcellular biochemical networks
Noise Two-moment approximation Mean (co)variance Cell cycle
While ordinary differential equations (ODEs) form the conceptual framework for modelling many cellular processes, specific situations demand stochastic models to capture the influence of noise. The most common formulation of stochastic models for biochemical networks is the chemical master equation (CME). While stochastic simulations are a practical way to realise the CME, analytical approximations offer more insight into the influence of noise. Towards that end, the two-moment approximation (2MA) is a promising addition to the established analytical approaches including the chemical Langevin equation (CLE) and the related linear noise approximation (LNA). The 2MA approach directly tracks the mean and (co)variance which are coupled in general. This coupling is not obvious in CME and CLE and ignored by LNA and conventional ODE models. We extend previous derivations of 2MA by allowing a) non-elementary reactions and b) relative concentrations. Often, several elementary reactions are approximated by a single step. Furthermore, practical situations often require the use relative concentrations. We investigate the applicability of the 2MA approach to the well established fission yeast cell cycle model. Our analytical model reproduces the clustering of cycle times observed in experiments. This is explained through multiple resettings of MPF, caused by the coupling between mean and (co)variance, near the G2/M transition.
Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Rostock - Albert Einstein Str. 21-->
, 18051 Rostock-->
- GERMANY (Ullah, Mukhtar) GERMANY (Ullah, Mukhtar) Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Rostock - Albert Einstein Str. 21-->
, 18051 Rostock-->
- GERMANY (Wolkenhauer, Olaf) Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) - 10 Marais Street-->
, Stellenbosch 7600-->
- SOUTH AFRICA (Wolkenhauer, Olaf)
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