Paradisi P., Chiarugi D. Biochemical reactions as renewal processes: the case of mRNA degradation. In: IWBBIO 2014 - 2nd International Work-Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (Granada, Spain, 7-9 April 2014). Proceedings, pp. 1574 - 1576. F. Ortuno, I. Rojas (eds.). Copicentro Granada S.L, 2014. |

Abstract (English) |
Biochemical processes are typically described in terms of Continuous Time Markov Chains (CTMCs), which is the stochastic pro- cess associated with the well-known Gillespie's Chemical Master Equa- tion (CME). However, this approach is limited by the basic features of CTMC, that is, Markov property, time-invariance and, consequently, exponential decay of both correlation functions and distribution of Wait- ing Times (WTs) between successive reactions. Here we propose a model based on the theory of renewal point processes, i.e., stochastic processes defined as sequences of critical events occurring randomly in time and in- dependent from each other. Renewal theory allows to generalize CTMC modeling to the case of non-exponential behavior observed in many bio- chemical systems at the cell scale and is the natural framework for the study of intermittent time series. In particular, renewal modeling allows to include directly in a simple way non-exponential WT distribution such as slow power-law decay or stretched exponential. In the specific appli- cation of mRNA degradation, a renewal model can include whatever functional form of the degradation rate. | |

URL: | http://iwbbio.ugr.es/2014/papers/IWBBIO_2014_paper_167.pdf | |

Subject | Bio-chemistry mRNA Stochastic processes Renewal processes J.2 PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING J.3 LIFE AND MEDICAL SCIENCES G.3 PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 60G18 Self-similar processes 60G55 Point processes |

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