22 octubre 2019

Pleione: A tool for statistical and multi-objective calibration of Rule-based models.

DOI : 10.1038/s41598-019-51546-6

Alberto J.M. Martín

Mathematical models based on Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs) are

frequently used to describe and simulate biological systems. Nevertheless, such

models are often difficult to understand. Unlike ODE models, Rule-Based Models

(RBMs) utilise formal language to describe reactions as a cumulative number of

statements that are easier to understand and correct. They are also gaining

popularity because of their conciseness and simulation flexibility. However,

RBMs generally lack tools to perform further analysis that requires simulation.

This situation arises because exact and approximate simulations are

computationally intensive. Translating RBMs into ODEs is commonly used to reduce

simulation time, but this technique may be prohibitive due to combinatorial

explosion. Here, we present the software called Pleione to calibrate RBMs.

Parameter calibration is essential given the incomplete experimental

determination of reaction rates and the goal of using models to reproduce

experimental data. The software distributes stochastic simulations and

calculations and incorporates equivalence tests to determine the fitness of RBMs

compared with data. The primary features of Pleione were thoroughly tested on a

model of gene regulation in Escherichia coli. Pleione yielded satisfactory

results regarding calculation time and error reduction for multiple simulators,

models, parameter search strategies, and computing infrastructures.

Investigadores Participantes del Centro

Laboratorio de Biología de Redes

Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación, University College Dublin, Irlanda.



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