The relation between crosstalk and gene regulation form revisited

R. Grah, T. Friedlander, PLOS Computational Biology 16 (2020) e1007642.

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Genes differ in the frequency at which they are expressed and in the form of regulation used to control their activity. In particular, positive or negative regulation can lead to activation of a gene in response to an external signal. Previous works proposed that the form of regulation of a gene correlates with its frequency of usage: positive regulation when the gene is frequently expressed and negative regulation when infrequently expressed. Such network design means that, in the absence of their regulators, the genes are found in their least required activity state, hence regulatory intervention is often necessary. Due to the multitude of genes and regulators, spurious binding and unbinding events, called “crosstalk”, could occur. To determine how the form of regulation affects the global crosstalk in the network, we used a mathematical model that includes multiple regulators and multiple target genes. We found that crosstalk depends non-monotonically on the availability of regulators. Our analysis showed that excess use of regulation entailed by the formerly suggested network design caused high crosstalk levels in a large part of the parameter space. We therefore considered the opposite ‘idle’ design, where the default unregulated state of genes is their frequently required activity state. We found, that ‘idle’ design minimized the use of regulation and thus minimized crosstalk. In addition, we estimated global crosstalk of S. cerevisiae using transcription factors binding data. We demonstrated that even partial network data could suffice to estimate its global crosstalk, suggesting its applicability to additional organisms. We found that S. cerevisiae estimated crosstalk is lower than that of a random network, suggesting that natural selection reduces crosstalk. In summary, our study highlights a new type of protein production cost which is typically overlooked: that of regulatory interference caused by the presence of excess regulators in the cell. It demonstrates the importance of whole-network descriptions, which could show effects missed by single-gene models.
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2020-02-25
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PLOS Computational Biology
Volume
16
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2
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e1007642
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Grah R, Friedlander T. The relation between crosstalk and gene regulation form revisited. PLOS Computational Biology. 2020;16(2):e1007642. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007642
Grah, R., & Friedlander, T. (2020). The relation between crosstalk and gene regulation form revisited. PLOS Computational Biology, 16(2), e1007642. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007642
Grah, Rok, and Tamar Friedlander. “The Relation between Crosstalk and Gene Regulation Form Revisited.” PLOS Computational Biology 16, no. 2 (2020): e1007642. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007642.
R. Grah and T. Friedlander, “The relation between crosstalk and gene regulation form revisited,” PLOS Computational Biology, vol. 16, no. 2, p. e1007642, 2020.
Grah R, Friedlander T. 2020. The relation between crosstalk and gene regulation form revisited. PLOS Computational Biology. 16(2), e1007642.
Grah, Rok, and Tamar Friedlander. “The Relation between Crosstalk and Gene Regulation Form Revisited.” PLOS Computational Biology, vol. 16, no. 2, Public Library of Science, 2020, p. e1007642, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007642.
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