Iterative experiment design guides the characterization of a light-inducible gene expression circuit

J. Ruess, F. Parise, A. Milias Argeitis, M. Khammash, J. Lygeros, PNAS 112 (2015) 8148–8153.


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Systems biology rests on the idea that biological complexity can be better unraveled through the interplay of modeling and experimentation. However, the success of this approach depends critically on the informativeness of the chosen experiments, which is usually unknown a priori. Here, we propose a systematic scheme based on iterations of optimal experiment design, flow cytometry experiments, and Bayesian parameter inference to guide the discovery process in the case of stochastic biochemical reaction networks. To illustrate the benefit of our methodology, we apply it to the characterization of an engineered light-inducible gene expression circuit in yeast and compare the performance of the resulting model with models identified from nonoptimal experiments. In particular, we compare the parameter posterior distributions and the precision to which the outcome of future experiments can be predicted. Moreover, we illustrate how the identified stochastic model can be used to determine light induction patterns that make either the average amount of protein or the variability in a population of cells follow a desired profile. Our results show that optimal experiment design allows one to derive models that are accurate enough to precisely predict and regulate the protein expression in heterogeneous cell populations over extended periods of time.
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2015-06-30
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Acknowledgement
J.R., F.P., and J.L. acknowledge support from the European Commission under the Network of Excellence HYCON2 (highly-complex and networked control systems) and SystemsX.ch under the SignalX Project. J.R. acknowledges support from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under REA (Research Executive Agency) Grant 291734. M.K. acknowledges support from Human Frontier Science Program Grant RP0061/2011 (www.hfsp.org).
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112
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26
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8148 - 8153
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Ruess J, Parise F, Milias Argeitis A, Khammash M, Lygeros J. Iterative experiment design guides the characterization of a light-inducible gene expression circuit. PNAS. 2015;112(26):8148-8153. doi:10.1073/pnas.1423947112
Ruess, J., Parise, F., Milias Argeitis, A., Khammash, M., & Lygeros, J. (2015). Iterative experiment design guides the characterization of a light-inducible gene expression circuit. PNAS, 112(26), 8148–8153. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1423947112
Ruess, Jakob, Francesca Parise, Andreas Milias Argeitis, Mustafa Khammash, and John Lygeros. “Iterative Experiment Design Guides the Characterization of a Light-Inducible Gene Expression Circuit.” PNAS 112, no. 26 (2015): 8148–53. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1423947112.
J. Ruess, F. Parise, A. Milias Argeitis, M. Khammash, and J. Lygeros, “Iterative experiment design guides the characterization of a light-inducible gene expression circuit,” PNAS, vol. 112, no. 26, pp. 8148–8153, 2015.
Ruess J, Parise F, Milias Argeitis A, Khammash M, Lygeros J. 2015. Iterative experiment design guides the characterization of a light-inducible gene expression circuit. PNAS. 112(26), 8148–8153.
Ruess, Jakob, et al. “Iterative Experiment Design Guides the Characterization of a Light-Inducible Gene Expression Circuit.” PNAS, vol. 112, no. 26, National Academy of Sciences, 2015, pp. 8148–53, doi:10.1073/pnas.1423947112.

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