Systems biology, the formal description of the structure and of the dynamics of biomolecular systems, is acquiring capital importance in the modern, “-omics” based, life sciences. But the classical mathematical approaches to modeling and simulation of inter- and intra- cellular processes reveal inadequate to tame the inherent complexity of life’s molecular basis. Formal approaches from theoretical computer science appear more promising, permitting to describe the structure and the behavior of the complex biological systems composing the structure and the behavior of its components. We present a novel approach for modeling and simulation of metabolic pathways. Each enzyme, metabolite and complex involved in a pathway is represented by an autonomous software agent. We abstract the molecules at the mesoscale as spheres with a radius proportional to their weight. The molecules move with Brownian motion in a 3D virtual cell space. When an enzyme or a complex encounters an affine substrate for a metabolic reaction, than such reaction can take place, according to Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The system has been implemented as a society of agents on a mobile computing middleware and can be therefore executed on a network of computers.

A Spatial Simulator for Metabolic Pathways

CANNATA, Nicola;CORRADINI, Flavio;MERELLI, Emanuela;TESEI, Luca
2008

Abstract

Systems biology, the formal description of the structure and of the dynamics of biomolecular systems, is acquiring capital importance in the modern, “-omics” based, life sciences. But the classical mathematical approaches to modeling and simulation of inter- and intra- cellular processes reveal inadequate to tame the inherent complexity of life’s molecular basis. Formal approaches from theoretical computer science appear more promising, permitting to describe the structure and the behavior of the complex biological systems composing the structure and the behavior of its components. We present a novel approach for modeling and simulation of metabolic pathways. Each enzyme, metabolite and complex involved in a pathway is represented by an autonomous software agent. We abstract the molecules at the mesoscale as spheres with a radius proportional to their weight. The molecules move with Brownian motion in a 3D virtual cell space. When an enzyme or a complex encounters an affine substrate for a metabolic reaction, than such reaction can take place, according to Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The system has been implemented as a society of agents on a mobile computing middleware and can be therefore executed on a network of computers.
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