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SBML qualitative models: a model representation format and infrastructure to foster interactions between qualitative modelling formalisms and tools

Abstract:

Background
Qualitative frameworks, especially those based on the logical discrete formalism, are increasingly used to model regulatory and signalling networks. A major advantage of these frameworks is that they do not require precise quantitative data, and that they are well-suited for studies of large networks. While numerous groups have developed specific computational tools that provide original methods to analyse qualitative models, a standard format to exchange qualitative models has been missing.
Results
We present the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) Qualitative Models Package ("qual"), an extension of the SBML Level 3 standard designed for computer representation of qualitative models of biological networks. We demonstrate the interoperability of models via SBML qual through the analysis of a specific signalling network by three independent software tools. Furthermore, the collective effort to define the SBML qual format paved the way for the development of LogicalModel, an open-source model library, which will facilitate the adoption of the format as well as the collaborative development of algorithms to analyse qualitative models.
Conclusion
SBML qual allows the exchange of qualitative models among a number of complementary software tools. SBML qual has the potential to promote collaborative work on the development of novel computational approaches, as well as on the specification and the analysis of comprehensive qualitative models of regulatory and signalling networks.

10.1186/1752-0509-7-135

Projects: A3.4: Linking signalling to metabolic functions, B5: Cell-cell communication influences detoxifying functions in hepatocytes

BMC Syst Biol
BMC Syst Biol 7(1) : 135
2013

Claudine Chaouiya, Duncan Berenguier, Sarah M Keating, Aurelien Naldi, Martijn P van Iersel, Nicolas Rodriguez, Andreas Dräger, Finja Büchel, Thomas Cokelaer, Bryan Kowal, Benjamin Wicks, Emanuel Gonçalves, Julien Dorier, Michel Page, Pedro T Monteiro, Axel von Kamp, Ioannis Xenarios, Hidde de Jong, Michael Hucka, Steffen Klamt, Denis Thieffry, Nicolas Le Novère, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Tomá¿ Helikar

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[Andreas Dräger] [Steffen Klamt] [Nicolas Le Novère]

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Cell and Intercellular
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  • Created: 10th Dec 2013 at 18:07
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