DOI: 0906.0125Sep 24, 2009Paper

An integrative approach to modeling biological networks

ArXiv
Vesna MemisevicNatasa Przulj

Abstract

Since proteins carry out biological processes by interacting with other proteins, analyzing the structure of protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks could explain complex biological mechanisms, evolution, and disease. Similarly, studying protein structure networks, residue interaction graphs (RIGs), might provide insights into protein folding, stability, and function. The first step towards understanding these networks is finding an adequate network model that closely replicates their structure. Evaluating the fit of a model to the data requires comparing the model with real-world networks. Since network comparisons are computationally infeasible, they rely on heuristics, or "network properties." We show that it is difficult to assess the reliability of the fit of a model with any individual network property. Thus, our approach integrates a variety of network properties and further combines these with a series of probabilistic methods to predict an appropriate network model for biological networks. We find geometric random graphs, that model spatial relationships between objects, to be the best-fitting model for RIGs. This validates the correctness of our method, since RIGs have previously been shown to be geometric. We ap...Continue Reading

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