A feedback mechanism that involves the proteins p53 and mdm2, induces cell death as a controlled response to severe DNA damage. A minimal model for this mechanism demonstrates that the response may be dynamic and connected with the time needed to translate the mdm2 protein. The response takes place if the dissociation constant k between p53 and mdm2 varies from its normal value. Although it is widely believed that it is an increase in k that triggers the response, we show that the experimental behaviour is better described by a decrease in the dissociation constant. The response is quite robust upon changes in the parameters of the system, as required by any control mechanism, except for few weak points, which could be connected with the onset of cancer.
|Titolo:||Time delay as a key to Apoptosis Induction in the p53 Network|
TIANA, GUIDO (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||05.45.-a Nonlinear dynamics and nonlinear dynamical systems; 87.16.Yc Regulatory chemical networks|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2002|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1140/epjb/e2002-00271-1|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|