Issue No. 05 - Sept.-Oct. (2012 vol. 9)

ISSN: 1545-5963

pp: 1410-1421

DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TCBB.2012.87

Tatsuya Akutsu , Inst. for Chem. Res., Kyoto Univ., Kyoto, Japan

Sven Kosub , Dept. of Comput. & Inf. Sci., Univ. of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

Avraham A. Melkman , Dept. of Comput. Sci., Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Takeyuki Tamura , Inst. for Chem. Res., Kyoto Univ., Kyoto, Japan

ABSTRACT

In this paper, we study the problem of finding a periodic attractor of a Boolean network (BN), which arises in computational systems biology and is known to be NP-hard. Since a general case is quite hard to solve, we consider special but biologically important subclasses of BNs. For finding an attractor of period 2 of a BN consisting of n OR functions of positive literals, we present a polynomial time algorithm. For finding an attractor of period 2 of a BN consisting of n AND/OR functions of literals, we present an O(1.985

^{n}) time algorithm. For finding an attractor of a fixed period of a BN consisting of n nested canalyzing functions and having constant treewidth w, we present an O(n^{2p(w+1)}poly(n)) time algorithm.INDEX TERMS

polynomials, biology computing, Boolean functions, genetic algorithms, time algorithm, periodic attractor, Boolean network, computational systems biology, positive literals, polynomial time algorithm, AND-OR functions, nested canalyzing functions, constant treewidth, Boolean functions, Computational systems biology, Polynomials, treewidth., Boolean network, periodic attractor, SAT, nested canalyzing function

CITATION

A. A. Melkman, S. Kosub, T. Akutsu and T. Tamura, "Finding a Periodic Attractor of a Boolean Network," in

*IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics*, vol. 9, no. , pp. 1410-1421, 2012.

doi:10.1109/TCBB.2012.87

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