How input fluctuations reshape the dynamics of a biological switching system

Bo Hu, David A. Kessler, Wouter Jan Rappel, Herbert Levine

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An important task in quantitative biology is to understand the role of stochasticity in biochemical regulation. Here, as an extension of our recent work, we study how input fluctuations affect the stochastic dynamics of a simple biological switch. In our model, the on transition rate of the switch is directly regulated by a noisy input signal, which is described as a non-negative mean-reverting diffusion process. This continuous process can be a good approximation of the discrete birth-death process and is much more analytically tractable. Within this setup, we apply the Feynman-Kac theorem to investigate the statistical features of the output switching dynamics. Consistent with our previous findings, the input noise is found to effectively suppress the input-dependent transitions. We show analytically that this effect becomes significant when the input signal fluctuates greatly in amplitude and reverts slowly to its mean.

Original languageEnglish
Article number061910
Pages (from-to)061910
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number6
StatePublished - 20 Dec 2012


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