An Intuitive Modelling Interface for Systems Biology
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Ozan Kahramanogullari,Luca Cardelli. An Intuitive Modelling Interface for Systems Biology. International Journal of Software and Informatics, 2013,7(4):655~674
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Fund:This work is sponsored by UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council through the Centre for Integrative Systems Biology at Imperial College under grant BB/C519670/1.
Abstract:We introduce a natural language interface for building stochastic \pi calculus models of biological systems. In this language, complex constructs describing biochemical events are built from basic primitives of association, dissociation and transformation. This language thus allows us to model biochemical systems modularly by describing their dynamics in a narrative-style language, while making amendments, refinements and extensions on the models easy. We give a formal semantics for this language and a translation algorithm into stochastic \pi calculus that delivers this semantics. We demonstrate the language on a model of Fcr receptor phosphorylation during phagocytosis. We provide a tool implementation of the translation into a stochastic \pi calculus language, Microsoft Research's SPiM, which can be used for simulation and analysis.
keywords:systems biology  stochastic \pi calculus  SPiM  modelling
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