Representation of Biochemical Pathway Models : Issues relating conversion of model representation from SBML to a commercial tool

by Naswa, Sudhir

Abstract (Summary)
Background: Computational simulation of complex biological networks lies at the heart of systems biology since it can confirm the conclusions drawn by experimental studies of biological networks and guide researchers to produce fresh hypotheses for further experimental validation. Since this iterative process helps in development of more realistic system models a variety of computational tools have been developed. In the absence of a common format for representation of models these tools were developed in different formats. As a result these tools became unable to exchange models amongst them, leading to development of SBML, a standard exchange format for computational models of biochemical networks. Here the formats of SBML and one of the commercial tools of systems biology are being compared to study the issues which may arise during conversion between their respective formats. A tool StoP has been developed to convert the format of SBML to the format of the selected tool.Results: The basic format of SBML representation which is in the form of listings of various elements of a biochemical reaction system differs from the representation of the selected tool which is location oriented. In spite of this difference the various components of biochemical pathways including multiple compartments, global parameters, reactants, products, modifiers, reactions, kinetic formulas and reaction parameters could be converted from the SBML representation to the representation of the selected tool. The MathML representation of the kinetic formula in an SBML model can be converted to the string format of the selected tool. Some features of the SBML are not present in the selected tool. Similarly, the ability of the selected tool to declare parameters for locations, which are global to those locations and their children, is not present in the SBML.Conclusions: Differences in representations of pathway models may include differences in terminologies, basic architecture, differences in capabilities of software’s, and adoption of different standards for similar things. But the overall similarity of domain of pathway models enables us to interconvert these representations. The selected tool should develop support for unit definitions, events and rules. Development of facility for parameter declaration at compartment level by SBML and facility for function declaration by the selected tool is recommended.
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School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:11/06/2006

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