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Biochemical systems theory
Biochemical systems theory is a mathematical modelling framework for biochemical systems, based on ordinary differential equations (ODE), in which biochemical processes are represented using power-law expansions in the variables of the system. This framework, which became known as Biochemical Systems Theory, is developed since the 1960s by Michael Savageau and other groups for systems analysis of biochemical processes. They regard this as a general theory of metabolic control, which includes both metabolic control analysis and flux-oriented theory as special cases.
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The dynamics of a specie is represented by a differential equation with the structure:
where Xi represents one of the nd variables of the model (metabolite concentrations, protein concentrations or levels of gene expression). j represents the nf biochemical processes affecting the dynamics of the specie. On the other hand, μij (stoichiometric coefficient), γj (rate constants) and fik (kinetic orders) are two different kinds of parameters defining the dynamics of the system.
The principal difference of power-law models with respect to other ODE models used in biochemical systems is that the kinetic orders can be non-integer numbers. A kinetic order can have even negative value when inhibition is modelled. In this way, power-law models have a higher flexibility to reproduce the non-linearity of biochemical systems.
Models using power-law expansions have been used during the last 35 years to model and analyse several kinds of biochemical systems including metabolic networks, genetic networks and recently in cell signalling.
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