Model development and analysis of metabolic networks is recognized as a key requirement for integrating in-vitro and in-vivo experimental data. In-silico simulation of a biochemical model allows one to test different experimental conditions, helping in the discovery of the dynamics that regulate the system. Although qualitative characterizations of such complex mechanisms are, at least partially, available, a fully-parametrized quantitative description is often miss- ing. On the other hand, several characteristics and issues to model biological systems are common to the electronics system modelling, such as concurrency, reactivity, abstraction levels, automatic reverse engineering, as well as design space explosion during validation. This work presents a methodology that applies languages, techniques, and tools well established in the context of electronic design automation (EDA) for modelling and simulation of metabolic networks through Petri nets. The paper presents the results obtained by applying the proposed methodology to model the purine metabolism starting from the metabolomics data obtained from naive lymphocytes and autoreactive T cells implicated in the induction of experimental autoimmune disorders.

Automatic Parameterization of the Purine Metabolism Pathway through Discrete Event-based Simulation

Simone Caligola
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Tommaso Carlucci
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Franco Fummi
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Carlo Laudanna
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Gabriela Constantin
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Nicola Bombieri
;
Rosalba Giugno
2019

Abstract

Model development and analysis of metabolic networks is recognized as a key requirement for integrating in-vitro and in-vivo experimental data. In-silico simulation of a biochemical model allows one to test different experimental conditions, helping in the discovery of the dynamics that regulate the system. Although qualitative characterizations of such complex mechanisms are, at least partially, available, a fully-parametrized quantitative description is often miss- ing. On the other hand, several characteristics and issues to model biological systems are common to the electronics system modelling, such as concurrency, reactivity, abstraction levels, automatic reverse engineering, as well as design space explosion during validation. This work presents a methodology that applies languages, techniques, and tools well established in the context of electronic design automation (EDA) for modelling and simulation of metabolic networks through Petri nets. The paper presents the results obtained by applying the proposed methodology to model the purine metabolism starting from the metabolomics data obtained from naive lymphocytes and autoreactive T cells implicated in the induction of experimental autoimmune disorders.
Systems Biology, Parametrization, Modelling, Simulation
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