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Modelling oscillations in NFkB and p53 transcription factors

Author: Sandeep Krishna, Niels Bohr Institute.

Names and affiliation of other authors:
M. H. Jensen and Kim Sneppen (Niels Bohr Institute)

Oral or poster: Poster

Oscillatory or periodic behaviour is quite commonly observed in biological systems. I will focus on ultradian oscillations in the concentrations of the
transcription factors NFkB and p53 involved in immune response and
cell-cycle regulation in mammalian cells, and present a mathematical model
of these systems, consisting of a set of coupled ordinary differential
equations. The core of both oscillators is a simple 3-variable negative
feedback loop, consisting of two proteins and one mRNA. Sustained
oscillations in this system depend on the presence of certain
non-linearities which arise from the interactions between the proteins, and
have the particular feature of being extremely spiky for a wide range of

1st BioSim Conference. October 6th to October 8th, 2005. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.