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See detailOptimization of stress response through the nuclear receptor-mediated cortisol signalling network
Kolodkin, Alexey UL; Sahin, Nilgun; Phillips, Anna et al

in Nature Communications (2013), 4

It is an accepted paradigm that extended stress predisposes an individual to pathophysiology. However, the biological adaptations to minimize this risk are poorly understood. Using a computational model ... [more ▼]

It is an accepted paradigm that extended stress predisposes an individual to pathophysiology. However, the biological adaptations to minimize this risk are poorly understood. Using a computational model based upon realistic kinetic parameters we are able to reproduce the interaction of the stress hormone cortisol with its two nuclear receptors, the high-affinity glucocorticoid receptor and the low-affinity pregnane X-receptor. We demonstrate that regulatory signals between these two nuclear receptors are necessary to optimize the body’s response to stress episodes, attenuating both the magnitude and duration of the biological response. In addition, we predict that the activation of pregnane X-receptor by multiple, low-affinity endobiotic ligands is necessary for the significant pregnane X-receptor-mediated transcriptional response observed following stress episodes. This integration allows responses mediated through both the high and low-affinity nuclear receptors, which we predict is an important strategy to minimize the risk of disease from chronic stress. [less ▲]

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See detailLow stress weekends promote adaptation to stressful weeks: The design principles of the biological response to stress
Yilmaz, Nilgun; Kolodkin, Alexey UL; Plant, Nick et al

Poster (2012)

Robustness is a fundamental and essential property of evolvable biological systems. It provides system to conserve its functionalities against internal/external perturbations and uncertainties. Product ... [more ▼]

Robustness is a fundamental and essential property of evolvable biological systems. It provides system to conserve its functionalities against internal/external perturbations and uncertainties. Product inhibition, feed-forward and feed-back inhibition and stimulation, and regulatory loops within signal transduction networks are a few of the approaches generated by biological systems to maintain both their robustness and adaptability. In this study, we are able to show the interaction of the stress hormone cortisol with its two nuclear receptors, the high affinity glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and the low affinity pregnane X-receptor (PXR) by using a mathematical model based on realistic kinetic parameters. We checked the importance of regulatory loops, within this network, in terms of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic responses. Then, we demonstrate the alterations in the system response with respect to variable cortisol perturbations, such as initial single peak in cortisol, and repeated stimuli of cortisol with differing frequencies and time frames. As a conclusion, we reveal that the network is robust towards low frequency perturbations, shows adaptation at moderate stress frequencies, but transitions to an altered steady state at high frequency stimulation, which we believe is a predisposing factor towards stress-induced pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign principles of nuclear receptor signalling: How complex networking improves signal transduction
Kolodkin, Alexey UL; Bruggeman, Frank J.; Plant, Nick et al

in Toxicology (2011), 290(2-3), 131-132

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See detailA systems biology approach towards understanding nuclear receptor interactions: Implications at the endocrine-xenobiotic signalling interface
Kolodkin, Alexey UL; Phillips, Anna; Hood, Steve et al

in Toxicology (2011), 290(2-3), 131-131

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See detailDesign principles of nuclear receptor signaling: how complex networking improves signal transduction.
Kolodkin, Alexey UL; Bruggeman, Frank J.; Plant, Nick et al

in Molecular Systems Biology (2010), 6

The topology of nuclear receptor (NR) signaling is captured in a systems biological graphical notation. This enables us to identify a number of 'design' aspects of the topology of these networks that ... [more ▼]

The topology of nuclear receptor (NR) signaling is captured in a systems biological graphical notation. This enables us to identify a number of 'design' aspects of the topology of these networks that might appear unnecessarily complex or even functionally paradoxical. In realistic kinetic models of increasing complexity, calculations show how these features correspond to potentially important design principles, e.g.: (i) cytosolic 'nuclear' receptor may shuttle signal molecules to the nucleus, (ii) the active export of NRs may ensure that there is sufficient receptor protein to capture ligand at the cytoplasmic membrane, (iii) a three conveyor belts design dissipating GTP-free energy, greatly aids response, (iv) the active export of importins may prevent sequestration of NRs by importins in the nucleus and (v) the unspecific nature of the nuclear pore may ensure signal-flux robustness. In addition, the models developed are suitable for implementation in specific cases of NR-mediated signaling, to predict individual receptor functions and differential sensitivity toward physiological and pharmacological ligands. [less ▲]

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