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Metabolic robustness and network modularity: a model study
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. (IceLab)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2156-1096
2011 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 6, no 2, e16605- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background Several studies have mentioned network modularity—that a network can easily be decomposed into subgraphs that are densely connected within and weakly connected between each other—as a factor affecting metabolic robustness. In this paper we measure the relation between network modularity and several aspects of robustness directly in a model system of metabolism.

Methodology/Principal Findings By using a model for generating chemical reaction systems where one can tune the network modularity, we find that robustness increases with modularity for changes in the concentrations of metabolites, whereas it decreases with changes in the expression of enzymes. The same modularity scaling is true for the speed of relaxation after the perturbations.

Conclusions/Significance Modularity is not a general principle for making metabolism either more or less robust; this question needs to be addressed specifically for different types of perturbations of the system.

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Public library of science , 2011. Vol. 6, no 2, e16605- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43119DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016605ISI: 000287036200023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-43119DiVA: diva2:411516
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Swedish Research Council, 2009-3536
Available from: 2011-04-18 Created: 2011-04-18 Last updated: 2014-06-10Bibliographically approved

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