The stability of the extended model of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis examined by stoichiometric network analysis
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Stoichiometric network analysis (SNA) represents a powerful mathematical tool for stability analysis of complex stoichiometric networks. Recently, the important improvement of the method has been made, according to which instability relations can be entirely expressed via reaction rates, instead of thus far used, in general case undefined, current rates. Such an improved SNA methodology was applied to the determination of exact instability conditions of the extended model of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a neuroendocrinological system, whose hormone concentrations exert complex oscillatory evolution. For emergence of oscillations, the Hopf bifurcation condition was utilized. Instability relations predicted by SNA showed good correlation with numerical simulation data of the HPA axis model.
Keywords:stoichiometric network analysis / hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
Source:Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2011, 85, 13, 2327-2335
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