Cross-talk categorisations in data-driven models of signalling networks: a system-level view

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Data-driven models of signalling networks are becoming increasingly important in systems biology in order to reflect the dynamic patterns of signalling activities in a context-specific manner. State-of-the-art approaches for categorising and detecting signalling cross-talks may not be suitable for such models since they rely on static topologies of cell signalling networks and prior biological knowledge. In this chapter, we review state-of-the-art approaches that categorise all possible cross-talks in signalling networks and propose a novel categorisation specific to data-driven network models. Considering such models as undirected networks, we propose two categories of signalling cross-talks between any two given signalling pathways. In a Type-I cross-talk, a signalling link {gi ,gj } connects two signalling pathways, where gi and gj are signalling nodes that belong to two distinct pathways. In a Type-II cross-talk, two signalling links {gi ,gj } and {gj ,gk } meet at the intersection of two signalling pathways at a shared signalling node gj . We compared our categorisation approach with others and found that all the types of cross-talks defined by those approaches can be mapped to Type-I and Type-II cross-talks when underlying signalling activities are considered as non-causal relationships. Next, we provided a simple but intuitive algorithm called XDaMoSiN (cross-talks in data-driven models of signalling networks) to detect both Type-I and Type-II cross-talks between any two given signalling pathways in a data-driven network model. By detecting cross-talks in such network models, our approach can be used to analyse and decipher latent mechanisms of various cell phenotypes, such as cancer or acquired drug resistance, that may evolve due to the highly adaptable and dynamic nature of signal transduction networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGene Expression and Regulation in Mammalian Cells
Subtitle of host publicationTranscription From General Aspects
EditorsFumiaki Uchiumi
Place of PublicationLondon UK
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789535138563
ISBN (Print)9789535138556
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2018


  • signalling cross-talks
  • Data-driven models
  • signalling network
  • cancer signalling
  • signal re-wiring
  • cquired drug resistance

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