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Title: Computational Systems Biology

Computational Systems Biology
  • Prepared by
  • Rhia Trogo
  • Rafael Cabredo
  • Levi Jones Monteverde

What are Biological Systems?
  • Popular Notion
  • It is a complex system consisting of very many
    simple and identical elements interacting to
    produce what appears to be complex behavior
  • Example Cells, Proteins

What are Biological Systems?
  • Realistic Notion
  • It is a system composed of many different kinds
    of multifunctional elements interacting
    selectively and nonlinearly with others to
    produce coherent behavior.

What are Biological Systems?
  • Complex systems of simple elements have functions
    that emerge from the properties of the networks
    they form.
  • Biological systems have functions that rely on a
    combination of the network and the specific
    elements involved.

Molecular vs. Systems Biology
  • In molecular biology, gene structure and function
    is studied at the molecular level.
  • In systems biology, specific interactions of
    components in the biological system are studied
    cells, tissues, organs, and ecological webs.

From Systems Biology to Computational Biology
  • Biological Systems are complex, thus, a
  • combination of experimental and
  • computational approaches are needed.
  • Two Branches of Computational Biology
  • Knowledge Discovery (Data mining)
  • Simulation-based Analysis

Knowledge Discovery
  • Extracting hidden patterns from a large quantity
    of data forming a hypothesis
  • Steps
  • Data selection
  • Data cleaning
  • Transforming to a Data Mining technique
  • Data Mining Technique
  • Interpretation

Problems of Knowledge Discovery
  • Too much data!
  • Solution
  • use heuristics
  • use Hidden Markov Model

Hidden Markov Model
  • Used in finding the protein structure from the
  • Hidden Markov Model (HMM)-based search methods
    makes use of position-dependent scores to
    characterize and build a model for an entire
    family of sequences

Simulation-based Analysis
  • Simulation-based analysis tests hypotheses with
    in silico experiments, providing predictions to
    be tested by in vitro and in vivo studies.
  • faster and more economical.
  • Example Folding_at_Home

  • Simulates protein folds
  • Folds dictate the function of the protein
  • Unfolding was discovered by Christian Anfinsen
  • When folds do not fold properly, it leads to
    diseases such as Alzheimers disease, Mad Cow,
    Parkinsons disease
  • If the fold of the protein is known then it can
    also be unfolded

  • Runs on a distributed system
  • Runs as a screensaver
  • Downloadable at
  • http//

Databases and Tools
  • Languages
  • Systems Biology Markup Language
  • CellML
  • Systems Biology Workbench
  • Databases
  • Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes
  • Alliance for Cellular Signaling
  • Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment

  • Protein 53
  • Produces 53 proteins kiloDaltons
  • Guardian of the genome
  • Detects DNA damages
  • Halts the cell cycle if damage is detected to
    give DNA time to repair itself

  • If (damage equals true and repairable true)
  • halt cell cycle
  • else
  • if(damage equals true and repairable false)
  • induce apoptosis

The Cell Cycle
  • G1 - Growth and preparation of the chromosome
  • S - DNA replication
  • G2 - Preparation for Mitosis
  • M - Chromosomes separate

Checkpoints for DNA Double Strand Breakage
Cancer Cell Network
No cell cycle!
Cancer Drugs
  • Alkylating agents
  • Antimetabolites
  • Vinca alkaloids
  • Taxanes
  • all inhibit the cell cycle

Properties of a Drug
  • Absorption
  • Distribution
  • Metabolism
  • Extraction
  • Toxicology

  • Target selection
  • Proteomics and Genomics help
  • Prediction
  • Comparison of Prediction
  • Validation

  • Eliminate leads that could lead to failure
  • Kill early
  • There is a danger that possible good leads might
    be killed
  • Save time
  • Kill late
  • All possibilities are explored
  • expensive

Robustness in Biological Systems
The Cost of Robustness
  • Robustness is not a good characteristic for all
    types of cells.
  • Example The robust cancer cell!
  • Systems that are robust against common
    perturbations are often fragile to new
    perturbations (vulnerability of complex networks)

Advantages of Computational Systems Biology
  • It is highly relevant in discovering more complex
    relationships involving multiple genes
  • This may create new opportunities for drug
  • Better medical therapies for individual treatments

Whats to come?
  • Current work is on small sub-networks within
  • Feedback circuit of bacteria chemotaxis
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Parts of signal-transduction pathways
  • Simplified models of the cell cycle
  • Models of the Red blood cells

Whats to come?
  • Research has begun on larger-scale simulations
  • Biochemical network level
  • Simulation of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
    signal-transduction cascade
  • The Physiome Project

Biochemical Networks
  • Problem
  • The behavior of cells is governed and
    coordinated by biochemical signaling networks
    that translate external cues (hormones, growth
    factors, stress, etc.) into adequate biological
    responses such as cell proliferation,
    specialization or death, and metabolic control.
  • Motivation
  • Deep understanding of cell malfunction is
    crucial for drug development and other therapies.

Biochemical Networks
Biochemical Networks
Interpreting Biochemical Networks as Concurrent
Communicating Systems
  • Biochemical networks are analogous to concurrent
    computer systems in many respects.
  • Concurrent systems are built up using basic
    concepts such as choice, recursion, modularity,
    synchronization, and mobility.
  • By exploiting these analogies, the existing tools
    and formalisms for computing systems can be
    applied to biochemical networks.

Concurrency Theory
  • Concurrent, communicating systems have been the
    subject of intense study by Computing Scientists.
    Rich theories and tools have been developed to
    aid in design, analysis and verification of such
  • Concurrent systems are inherently complex. To
    manage complexity, theories and tools have been
    developed to allow programmers to simulate
    behaviour. Simulators allow the analysis of
    traces through concurrent executions and provide
    a testbed for experimentation.
  • At a more abstract level, temporal analysis
    involves proving that a concurrent system adheres
    to a temporal property, i. e. it can be shown
    that a network protocol always delivers data
    packets in the same order they were sent.

  • A concurrent system is one where multiple
    processes exist at the same time. These processes
    execute in parallel and potentially interact with
    each other. As an example of a concurrent
    system, consider an internet banking site. The
    server and multiple client processes exist at the
    same time, with interactions occurring between
    the individual clients and the server.

Concurrency in Biochemical Networks
Biochemical networks are also concurrent
communicating systems. Pathways consist of
sequences of interactions which sometimes affect
other parallel pathways. As an example, consider
two pathways involved in cell division. The Ras-
Raf pathway which triggers the cell division and
the PI- 3K- Akt pathway which keeps the cell
alive are both triggered by the same growth
factor. The sequences of interactions in both
pathways run concurrently with some interaction
i. e. Akt inhibits Raf.
The Physiome Project
  • A worldwide effort to define the physiome by
    developing databases and models which will
    facilitate the understanding of the integrative
    functions of cells, organs and organisms.
  • def. Physiome is the quantitative and integrated
    description of the functional behavior of the
    physiological state of an individual or species.

The Physiome Project
  • Main Objective
  • to understand and describe the human
    organism, its physiology and pathophysiology
    quantitatively, and to use this understanding to
    improve human health.

The Physiome Project
  • Specific Objectives
  • To develop and database observations of
    physiological phenomenon and interpret these in
    terms of mechanism (a fundamentally reductionist
  • To integrate experimental information into
    quantitative descriptions of the functioning of
    humans and other organisms (modern integrative
    biology glued together via modeling). 
  • To disseminate experimental data and integrative
    models for teaching and research. 

The Physiome Project
  • Specific Objectives
  • To foster collaboration amongst investigators
    worldwide, in an effort to speed up the discovery
    of how biological systems work. 
  • To determine the most effective targets
    (molecules or systems) for therapy, either
    pharmaceutic or genomic. 
  • To provide information for the design
    tissue-engineered, biocompatible implants.

The Physiome Project
  • Issues being addressed
  • Markup language
  • -- development of SBML (in Caltech) for
    representing biochemical networks and CellML for
    electrophysiology, mechanics, energetics and
    general pathway.
  • Mathematical models
  • -- development of models that are anatomically
    based and biophysically based to link gene,
    protein, cell, tissue ,organ and whole body
    systems physiology.

The Physiome Project
  • Issues being addressed
  • Web-accessible databases
  • -- For easy data exchange, groups at MIT and
    UCSD are developing standards for this.
  • Example databases Genomic Databases,
    Protein Databases, Material Property Databases,
    Anatomical Model Databases, Clinical Databases
  • Development of new instrumentation
  • Development of Modeling tools, GUIs and
    web-accessible tools for visualization of complex

The Physiome Project
  • Sub-Projects
  • Microcirculation
  • A common functional system between organs It
    provides an important coupling between cells,
    tissues, and organs.
  • Available online http//

The Physiome Project
  • Sub-Projects
  • Musculo-skeletal system
  • Continues to extend the database of
    parameterised bone geometry to individual
    muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • Available online http//

(a) (b) (a) Anatomically
detailed model of Skeleton. (b) Rendered finite
element mesh for the bones and a subset of the
The Physiome Project
  • Sub-Projects

(b) Computational model of the skull and torso.
(a) The layer of skeletal muscle is highlighted.
(b) The heart and lungs shown within the torso.
The Physiome Project
  • Sub-Projects
  • Cardiome Project
  • An attempt to provide an integrated model of the
    heart, incorporating electrical activation,
    mechanical contraction, energy supply and
    utilization, cell signaling and many other
    biochemical processes.

Heart model with a textured epidermal surface
The Physiome Project
  • A) Heart Structure

(a) (b)
(c) Fibrous-sheet architecture of the heart.
Ribbons are drawn in the plane of the myocardial
sheets (a) on the epicardial surface of the
heart, (b) at midwall, and (c) on the endocardial
surface. Note the large fibre angle changes.
These fibre-sheet material axes are needed for
computation of both myocardial activation and
ventricular mechanics.
The Physiome Project
  • A) Heart Structure

The finite element model of the right and left
ventricle of the heart showing various anatomical
structures. Geometric information is carried at
the nodes of the finite element mesh and
interpolated with cubic Hermite basis functions.
The Physiome Project
  • B) Ventricular Mechanics

Mechanics of the cardiac cycle, computed by large
deformation finite element analysis, at (a) zero
pressure state, (b) end-diastole, (c)
mid-systole, (d) end-systole. Note the apex to
base shortening and the twisting about the long
axis. Also note the six generations of discretely
modeled coronary vessels embedded within the
myocardial elements which are used to compute
coronary flow throughout the cardiac cycle.
The Physiome Project
  • B) Ventricular Mechanics

The collagenous structure of the extracellular
myocardial tissue matrix, as revealed by confocal
microscopy. The material axes used for defining
mechanical and electrical constitutive laws in
the continuum modeling of the myocardium are
based on these microstructurally defined axes.
The Physiome Project
  • C) Myocardial Activation

Activation wavefront computed on the finite
element model using finite difference techniques
based on grid points which move with the
deforming myocardium. Bidomain current
conservation equations are solved with
transmembrane ionic currents. The stimulus in
this case is a point on the left ventricular
endocardial surface near the apex. The activation
sequence is heavily influenced by the
fibrous-sheet architecture of the myocardium.
The Physiome Project
  • D) Coronary Perfusion

E) Ventricular Fluid Flow F) Human Torso model
has been developed which includes the heart,
lungs and the layers of skeletal muscle, fat and
skin. Current flow from the heart into the torso
is computed in order to predict the body surface
potentials arising from activation of the
Computed flow in the coronary vasculature
The Physiome Project
  • Sub-Projects
  • Lungs
  • Development of models of the integrated function
    of various physical processes operating in the
  • Bladder and Prostate
  • An anatomically detailed model of the bladder
    and prostate is developed.
  • Circulation System
  • A model of the circulation system is being
    developed based on the Visual Human Project
    dataset (http//

Whats to come?
  • Development of Precision Models
  • Simulation requires the integration of multiple
    hierarchies of models that have different scales
    and qualitative properties
  • Some biological processes take place within
    milliseconds while others may take hours or days
  • Example Protein folding vs. Cell Mitosis

Whats to come?
  • Development of Precision Models
  • Biological processes can involve the interaction
    of different types of processes
  • (i.e. biochemical networks coupled to protein
    transport, chromosome dynamics, cell migration or
    morphological changes in tissues)

Whats to come?
  • Development of Precision Models
  • Types of modeling
  • Using differential equations and stochastic
  • Many cell biological phenomena require
    calculation of structural dynamics
  • Deformation of elastic bodies
  • Spring-mass models and other physical processes

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