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Qualitative Motif Detection in Gene Regulatory Networks

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3 Author(s)
Ibrahim, Z.M. ; Sch. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada ; Tawfik, A.Y. ; Ngom, A.

This paper motivates the use of qualitative probabilistic networks (QPNs) in conjunction with or in lieu of Bayesian Networks (BNs) for reconstructing gene regulatory networks from microarray expression data. QPNs are qualitative abstractions of Bayesian Networks that replace the conditional probability tables associated with BNs by qualitative influences, which use signs to encode how the values of variables change. We demonstrate that the qualitative influences defined by QPNs exhibit a natural mapping to naturally-occurring patterns of connections, termed network motifs, embedded in Gene Regulatory Networks and present a model that maps QPN constructs to such motifs. The contribution of this paper is that of discovering motifs by mapping their time-series experimental data to QPN influences and using the discovered motifs to aid the process of reconstructing the corresponding gene regulatory network via Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs). The general aim is to compile a model that uses qualitative equivalents of Dynamic Bayesian Networks to explore gene expression networks and their regulatory mechanisms. Although this aim remains under development, the results we have obtained shows success for the discovery of regulatory motifs in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and their effectiveness in improving the results obtained in terms of reconstruction using DBNs.

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Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, 2009. BIBM '09. IEEE International Conference on

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1-4 Nov. 2009