A systems biology model studying the role of cholesterol in Alzheimer's disease progression

C. Rose Kyrtsos, John S. Baras
2011 2011 10th International Workshop on Biomedical Engineering  
A simplified network describing the interactions between the cholesterol and beta amyloid (Aβ) synthesis pathways was generated using information available from literature and the KEGG database. A system of non-linear differential equations was developed and modeled using several different initial conditions. Rate constants were approximated using ratio-metric data from the literature, or by fitting parameters to obtain a stable simulation within given biological constraints. Simulations
more » ... Simulations demonstrated the importance of negative feedback control by cholesterol in the regulation of beta amyloid levels. Additionally, the effect of reduced LRP-1 levels and oscillatory cholesterol generation was studied.
doi:10.1109/iwbe.2011.6079047 fatcat:lnao3glnbfayjlzfwedenskz7i