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Self-organization of gene regulatory network motifs enriched with short transcript's half-life transcription factors
Edwin Wang ; Enrico Purisima ;
Date 19 Apr 2005
Journal Trends Genet, 21:492-495, 2005 DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2005.06.013
Subject Molecular Networks | q-bio.MN
AbstractNetwork motifs, the recurring regulatory structural patterns in networks, are able to self-organize to produce networks. Three major motifs, feedforward loop, single input modules and bi-fan are found in gene regulatory networks. The large ratio of genes to transcription factors (TFs) in genomes leads to a sharing of TFs by motifs and is sufficient to result in network self-organization. We find a common design principle of these motifs: short transcript’s half-life (THL) TFs are significantly enriched in motifs and hubs. This enrichment becomes one of the driving forces for the emergence of the network scale-free topology and allows the network to quickly adapt to environmental changes. Most feedforward loops and bi-fans contain at least one short THL TF, which can be seen as a criterion for self-assembling these motifs. We have classified the motifs according to their short THL TF content. We show that the percentage of the different motif subtypes varies in different cellular conditions.
Source arXiv, q-bio.MN/0504025
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