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In silico investigation of novel biological pathways: The role of CD200 in regulation of T cell priming in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis

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JournalBiosystems
DatePublished - May 2013
Issue number2
Volume112
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)107-121
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The use of simulation to investigate biological domains will inevitably lead to the need to extend existing simulations as new areas of these domains become more fully understood. Such simulation extensions can entail the incorporation of additional cell types, molecules or molecular pathways, all of which can exert a profound influence on the simulation behaviour. Where the biological domain is not well characterised, a structured development methodology must be employed to ensure that the extended simulation is well aligned with its predecessor. We develop and discuss such a methodology, relying on iterative simulation development and sensitivity analysis. The utility of this methodology is demonstrated using a case study simulation of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a murine T cell-mediated autoimmune disease model of multiple sclerosis, where it is used to investigate the activity of an additional regulatory pathway. We discuss how application of this methodology guards against creating inappropriate simulation representations of the biology when investigating poorly characterised biological mechanisms.

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  • Agent-based simulation, CD200, Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, In silico experimentation, Principled simulation development, Regulatory pathway

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