Sequence-based model of gap gene regulatory network

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Konstantin N KozlovMaria G Samsonova

Abstract

Background The detailed analysis of transcriptional regulation is crucially important for understanding biological processes. The gap gene network in Drosophila attracts large interest among researches studying mechanisms of transcriptional regulation. It implements the most upstream regulatory layer of the segmentation gene network. The knowledge of molecular mechanisms involved in gap gene regulation is far less complete than that of genetics of the system. Mathematical modeling goes beyond insights gained by genetics and molecular approaches. It allows us to reconstruct wild-type gene expression patterns in silico , infer underlying regulatory mechanism and prove its sufficiency. Results We developed a new model that provides a dynamical description of gap gene regulatory systems, using detailed DNA-based information, as well as spatial transcription factor concentration data at varying time points. We showed that this model correctly reproduces gap gene expression patterns in wild type embryos and is able to predict gap expression patterns in Kr mutants and four reporter constructs. We used four-fold cross validation test and fitting to random dataset to validate the model and proof its sufficiency in data description. The...Continue Reading

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DNA
Drosophila
Gene Expression
Genes, Regulator
Hemoglobin
Literature
Regulatory Sequences, Nucleic Acid
Spatial Distribution
Transcription Factor
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