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Title: The steady states and dynamics of urokinase-mediated plasmin activation
Authors: Venkatraman, L.
Yu, H. 
Bhowmick, S.S.
Dewey Jr., F.
Tucker-Kellogg, L. 
Keywords: Computational modeling
Nonlinear Dynamics
Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Venkatraman, L.,Yu, H.,Bhowmick, S.S.,Dewey Jr., F.,Tucker-Kellogg, L. (2010). The steady states and dynamics of urokinase-mediated plasmin activation. Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2010, PSB 2010 : 190-200. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Plasmin and urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) are ubiquitous proteases regulating the extracellular environment. They can activate each other via proteolytic cleavage, suggesting the potential for complex dynamic behaviors that could be elucidated by computational modeling. Ordinary differential equations are constructed to model the activation dynamics of plasminogen into plasmin, and single-chain uPA (scUPA) into two-chain uPA (tcUPA). Computational simulations and phase plane analysis reveal two stable steady states for the activation of each protein. Bifurcation analysis shows the in silico system to be bistable. Cell-free experiments verify the system to have ultrasensitive activation behavior, where scUPA is the stimulus and plasmin the output. Furthermore, two significantly different steady states could be seen in vitro for the same stimulus levels, depending on the initial activation level of the plasmin. The switch-like dynamics of the uPA-plasmin system could have potential relevance to many normal and disease processes including angiogenesis, migration and metastasis, wound healing and fibrosis. © 2010 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Source Title: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2010, PSB 2010
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/43338
ISBN: 9814295299
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