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Effects of stochastic noise on the evolution of canalization
Author(s): Kevin E. Bassler; Min Liu
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Paper Abstract

Canalization is a form of network robustness found in genetic regulatory networks that results in a reduction of the variation of phenotypic expression relative to the complexity of the genome. Recently, it was discovered that canalization can evolve in a complex network through a self-organization of node (gene) behavior resulting from a competition of a network's nodes that selects for a diversity of behavior [K.E. Bassler, C. Lee, and Y. Lee, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 038101 (2004)]. Previously, this "self-organized" mechanism for the evolution of canalization has been studied only in deterministic model systems. This paper considers the effects of stochastic noise in the signals exchanged between nodes on the self-organized evolution of canalization. We find that small levels of stochastic noise increase the amount of canalization produced. At higher levels of noise, the amount of canalization produced levels off and reaches a maximum value, before it reduces at large levels of noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5845, Noise in Complex Systems and Stochastic Dynamics III, (23 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.609453
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Kevin E. Bassler, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Min Liu, Univ. of Houston (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5845:
Noise in Complex Systems and Stochastic Dynamics III
Laszlo B. Kish; Katja Lindenberg; Zoltan Gingl, Editor(s)

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