Boolean networks have been used for some time to model Gene Regulatory Networks (GRNs), which describe cell functions. Those models can help biologists to make predictions, prognosis and even specialized treatment when some disturb on the GRN lead to a sick condition. However, the amount of information related to a GRN can be huge, making the task of inferring its boolean network representation quite a challenge. The method shown here takes into account information about the interactome to build a network, where each node represents a protein, and uses the entropy of each node as a key to reduce the size of the network, allowing the further inferring process to focus only on the main protein hubs, the ones with most potential to interfere in overall network behavior.
Modeling gene regulatory networks: A network simplification algorithm
Luiz Henrique O. Ferreira, Maria Clicia S. de Castro, Fabricio A. B. da Silva; Modeling gene regulatory networks: A network simplification algorithm. AIP Conf. Proc. 6 December 2016; 1790 (1): 100003. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4968695
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