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Mathematical Analysis of Robustness Sensitivity analysis allows the linking of robustness to network structure. However, it yields only local properties regarding a particular choice of plausible parameter values, because it is hard to know the exact parameter values in vivo. Global and firm results are needed that do not depend on particular parameter values. We propose mathematical analysis for robustness (MAR) that consists of the two-step evolutionary search for all possible values of kinetic parameters and robustness analysis for identifying critically important reactions without insisting on the exact parameter values.

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A flow chart of MAR

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Two-step search evolutionary for exhaustive search of all possible kinetic parameter values The two-step evolutionary search that combines a random search with a search by GAs. First, the random search explores a large parameter space to find multiple coarse solutions showing a good fitness value. Second, each initial population for GAs is created around one of the coarse solution vectors. The search by GAs focuses on the space surrounding the coarse solution and is applied to each initial population independently to find plausible solutions that show a high fitness value.

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1. Parameter spectrum width 2. Variability of solution vectors for parameters Two criteria of an exhaustive search

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Combining the single parameter sensitivity analysis and the robustness analysis to multiple parameter perturbation enables identifying critical reactions. Robustness analysis Exploring general features that do not depend on the exact values of kinetic parameters

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Application to the interlocked feedback model of the circadian oscillator A schematic diagram of the interlocked feedback system in the Drosophila circadian clock

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Convergence of the logarithmic width of the parameter spectrum for 12 search parameters Convergence for the variability in the solutions of kinetic parameters Convergence of the two criteria converge 400

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Distributions of period and amplitude sensitivities Use of a threshold value of separates the potentially influential parameters. Classification of kinetic parameters in single parameter sensitivity analysis 400 solutions are used for analysis.

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Frequency distributions of the period and amplitude in a randomly perturbed oscillator model Robustness to multiple parameter random perturbation

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Frequency of the CVs of period and amplitude distributions in randomly perturbed oscillator models 400 solutions are employed for analysis. Highly robust An appropriate choice of kinetic parameter sets provides a highly robust model to random perturbations to multiple parameters

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Classification of the sensitivity distribution and the parameter vectors Critical parameters (high sensitive) are uniquely determined in highly robust systems, while kinetic parameter values are not. Highly robust

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A distribution of the mean absolute sensitivity for period and amplitude in highly robust models The blue and red bars are the period and amplitude sensitivities, respectively. Identification of critical reactions (high sensitive) in highly robust systems

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MAR identifies the reactions critically responsible for determining the period and amplitude in the interlocked feedback model and suggests that the circadian clock intensively evolves or designs the kinetic parameters so that it creates a highly robust cycle. Conclusion

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