System identification of signaling dependent gene expression with different time-scale data

Takaho Tsuchiya, Masashi Fujii, Naoki Matsuda, Katsuyuki Kunida, Shinsuke Uda, Hiroyuki Kubota, Katsumi Konishi, Shinya Kuroda

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    Cells decode information of signaling activation at a scale of tens of minutes by downstream gene expression with a scale of hours to days, leading to cell fate decisions such as cell differentiation. However, no system identification method with such different time scales exists. Here we used compressed sensing technology and developed a system identification method using data of different time scales by recovering signals of missing time points. We measured phosphorylation of ERK and CREB, immediate early gene expression products, and mRNAs of decoder genes for neurite elongation in PC12 cell differentiation and performed system identification, revealing the input–output relationships between signaling and gene expression with sensitivity such as graded or switch-like response and with time delay and gain, representing signal transfer efficiency. We predicted and validated the identified system using pharmacological perturbation. Thus, we provide a versatile method for system identification using data with different time scales.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere1005913
    JournalPLoS Computational Biology
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Genetics
    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
    • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
    • Molecular Biology
    • Ecology
    • Computational Theory and Mathematics
    • Modelling and Simulation


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