Understanding noise in cell signalling in the prospect of drug-targets

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Research Article

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Journal of Theoretical Biology


The introduction of noise to signals can alter central regulatory switches of cellular processes leading to diseases. Noise is inherently present in the cellular signalling system and plays a decisive role in the input–output (I/O) relation. The current study aims to understand the noise tolerance of motif structures in the cell signalling processes. The vulnerability of a node to noise could be a significant factor in causing signalling error and need to be controlled. We developed stochastic differential equation (SDE) based mathematical models for different network motifs with two nodes and studied the association between motif structure and signal–noise relation. A two-dimensional parameter space analysis on motif sensitivity with noise and input signal variation was performed to classify and rank the motifs. Identifying sensitive motifs and their high druggability infers their significance in screening potential drug-target candidates. Finally, we proposed a theoretical framework to identify nodes from a network as potential drug targets. We applied this mathematical formalism to three cancer networks to identify drug-targets and validated them with existing databases.



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