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Switching Regulatory Models of Cellular Stress Response
Citation key Sanguinetti:2009:SRM
Author Guido Sanguinetti and Andreas Ruttor and Manfred Opper and Cedric Archambeau
Pages 1280-1286
Year 2009
DOI 10.1093/bioinformatics/btp138
Journal Bioinformatics
Volume 25
Number 10
Abstract Stress response in cells is often mediated by quick activation of transcription factors (TFs). Given the difficulty in experimentally assaying TF activities, several statistical approaches have been proposed to infer them from microarray time courses. However, these approaches often rely on prior assumptions which rule out the rapid responses observed during stress response. We present a novel statistical model to infer how TFs mediate stress response in cells. The model is based on the assumption that sensory TFs quickly transit between active and inactive states. We therefore model mRNA production using a bistable dynamical systems whose behaviour is described by a system of differential equations driven by a latent stochastic process. We assume the stochastic process to be a two-state continuous time jump process, and devise both an exact solution for the inference problem as well as an efficient approximate algorithm. We evaluate the method on both simulated data and real data describing Escherichia coli's response to sudden oxygen starvation. This highlights both the accuracy of the proposed method and its potential for generating novel hypotheses and testable predictions.
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