A hybrid approach for efficient and robust parameter estimation in biochemical pathways

Rodriguez-Fernandez, M; Mendes, P; Banga, JR


Developing suitable dynamic models of biochemical pathways is a key issue in Systems Biology. Predictive models for cells or whole organisms could ultimately lead to model-based predictive and/or preventive medicine. Parameter estimation (i.e. model calibration) in these dynamic models is therefore a critical problem. In a recent contribution [Moles, C.G., Mendes, P., Banga, J.R., 2003b. Parameter estimation in biochemical pathways: a comparison of global optimisation methods. Genome Res. 13, 2467-2474], the challenging nature Of Such inverse problems was highlighted considering a benchmark problem, and concluding that only a certain type of stochastic global optimisation method, Evolution Strategies (ES), was able to solve it successfully, although at a rather large computational cost. In this new contribution, we present a new integrated optimisation methodology with a number of very significant improvements: (i) computation time is reduced by one order of magnitude by means of a hybrid method which increases efficiency while guaranteeing robustness, (ii) measurement noise (errors) and partial observations are handled adequately, (iii) automatic testing of identifiability of the model (both local and practical) is included and (iv) the information content of the experiments is evaluated via the Fisher information matrix, with subsequent application to design of new optimal experiments through dynamic optimisation. (C) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Título de la Revista: BIOSYSTEMS
Volumen: 83
Número: 2-3
Fecha de publicación: 2006
Página de inicio: 248
Página final: 265


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