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Publications of Eduardo D. Sontag jointly with N.S. Kumar
M. A. Al-Radhawi,
D. Del Vecchio,
and E. D. Sontag.
Stochasticity is necessary for multiple attractors in a class of differentiation networks.
In 2017 American Control Conference (ACC),
Keyword(s): systems biology,
Deterministic models remain the most common option for modeling gene regulatory networks even when the underlying assumptions of high copy numbers and fast promoter kinetics are unsatisfied. Here, we analyze a widely studied differentiation network motif known as the PU.1-GATA-1 circuit and we show that an ODE model of the biomolecular reactions consistent with known biology is incapable of exhibiting multistability, a defining behaviour for such a network. Thus, we consider the chemical master equation model of the same biomolecular reactions and using results recently developed by the authors, we analytically construct the stationary distribution. We show that this distribution is indeed capable of admitting a multitude of modes. We illustrate the results with a numerical example.
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