Role of transcriptional bursts in cellular oscillations

Authors
Almeira, Nahuel; Risau Gusman, Sebastian Luis
Publication Year
2017
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Genetic oscillators are present in the cells of many organisms and control several biological processes. The common feature of such oscillators is the presence of a protein which represses the transcription of its own gene. Recently, it has been shown that for many genes transcription is not a continuous process, but that it proceeds in bursts. We study here the relationship between bursty transcription and the robustness of protein oscillations. We concentrate on the temporal profile of mRNA production by studying regimes where this profile changes but the amount of mRNA produced is kept fixed. For systems with different degrees of cooperativity we show that in general bursts are associated with more robust oscillations, but when they are too short and intense they can have the opposite effect. In other words, we show that, in terms of the regularity of the oscillations generated, there is an optimal value for the intensity of the bursts.
Fil: Almeira, Nahuel. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Córdoba. Instituto de Física Enrique Gaviola. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Instituto de Física Enrique Gaviola; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física; Argentina
Fil: Risau Gusman, Sebastian Luis. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Patagonia Norte; Argentina. Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica. Gerencia del Area de Investigación y Aplicaciones No Nucleares. Gerencia de Física (Centro Atómico Bariloche); Argentina
Subject
GENETIC OSCILLATORS
MATHEMATICAL MODELING
STOCHASTIC GENE EXPRESSION
TRANSCRIPTION BURSTS
Astronomía
Ciencias Físicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Open access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/71384