Heterogeneity in cancer dynamics: A convex formulation to dissect dynamic trajectories and infer LTV models of networked systems

Roel Dobbe, Young Hwan Chang, James Korkola, Joe Gray, Claire Tomlin

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Breast cancer tumors have inherently heterogeneous cell types that respond differently to treatments. Although there is a wealth of studies describing canonical cell signaling networks, little is known about how these networks operate in different cancer cells and treatments. This paper proposes a method to split a set of responses gathered from experiments on different cancer cells up into common and specific components. The key to this retrieval is the derivation of a linear timevarying model of the shared dynamics among the different cell lines. A convex optimization problem is derived that retrieves both the model and the common and specific responses without a priori information. The method is tested on synthetic data, and verifies known facts when tested on a biological data set with protein expression data from breast cancer experiments. The technique can be used to analyze specific responses to understand what treatments can be combined to persistently treat a heterogeneous cancer tumor. The linear time-varying model sheds light on how proteins interact over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACC 2015 - 2015 American Control Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479986842
StatePublished - Jul 28 2015
Event2015 American Control Conference, ACC 2015 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 1 2015Jul 3 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2015 American Control Conference, ACC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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