Intervention in context-sensitive probabilistic Boolean networks revisited. Academic Article uri icon


  • An approximate representation for the state space of a context-sensitive probabilistic Boolean network has previously been proposed and utilized to devise therapeutic intervention strategies. Whereas the full state of a context-sensitive probabilistic Boolean network is specified by an ordered pair composed of a network context and a gene-activity profile, this approximate representation collapses the state space onto the gene-activity profiles alone. This reduction yields an approximate transition probability matrix, absent of context, for the Markov chain associated with the context-sensitive probabilistic Boolean network. As with many approximation methods, a price must be paid for using a reduced model representation, namely, some loss of optimality relative to using the full state space. This paper examines the effects on intervention performance caused by the reduction with respect to various values of the model parameters. This task is performed using a new derivation for the transition probability matrix of the context-sensitive probabilistic Boolean network. This expression of transition probability distributions is in concert with the original definition of context-sensitive probabilistic Boolean network. The performance of optimal and approximate therapeutic strategies is compared for both synthetic networks and a real case study. It is observed that the approximate representation describes the dynamics of the context-sensitive probabilistic Boolean network through the instantaneously random probabilistic Boolean network with similar parameters.

published proceedings

  • EURASIP J Bioinform Syst Biol

author list (cited authors)

  • Faryabi, B., Vahedi, G., Chamberland, J., Datta, A., & Dougherty, E. R.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Faryabi, Babak||Vahedi, Golnaz||Chamberland, Jean-Francois||Datta, Aniruddha||Dougherty, Edward R

publication date

  • January 2009