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The identification of essential genes is important for the understanding of the minimal requirements for cellular life and for practical purposes, such as drug design. However, the experimental techniques for essential genes discovery are labor-intensive and time-consuming. Considering these experimental constraints, a computational approach capable of(More)
Understanding the architecture of physiological functions from annotated genome sequences is a major task for postgenomic biology. From the annotated genome sequence of the microbe Escherichia coli, we propose a general quantitative definition of enzyme importance in a metabolic network. Using a graph analysis of its metabolism, we relate the extent of the(More)
The modeling of interactions among transcription factors (TFs) and their respective target genes (TGs) into transcriptional regulatory networks is important for the complete understanding of regulation of biological processes. In the case of experimentally verified human TF-TG interactions, there is no database at present that explicitly provides such(More)
Sleep spindles, as detected on scalp electroencephalography (EEG), are considered to be markers of thalamo-cortical network integrity. Since obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a known cause of brain dysfunction, the aim of this study was to investigate sleep spindle frequency distribution in OSA. Seven non-OSA subjects and 21 patients with OSA (11 mild and 10(More)
Correlated mutation analysis has a long history of interesting applications, mostly in the detection of contact pairs in protein structures. Based on previous observations that, if properly assessed, amino acid correlation data can also provide insights about functional sub-classes in a protein family, we provide a complete framework devoted to this(More)
We investigate the adaptation of Random Boolean Networks that are a model for regulatory gene networks. The model considers a general genetic algorithm and a fitness function that takes into account the full network dynamical behavior.Our simulations shows a fast decrease on algorithm perfomance when we consider larger networks or networks with more complex(More)
OBJECTIVE Sleep spindles have been suggested as surrogates of thalamo-cortical activity. Internal frequency modulation within a spindle's time frame has been demonstrated in healthy subjects, showing that spindles tend to decelerate their frequency before termination. We investigated internal frequency modulation of slow and fast spindles according to(More)
The identification of genes essential for survival is important for the understanding of the minimal requirements for cellular life and for drug design. As experimental studies with the purpose of building a catalog of essential genes for a given organism are time-consuming and laborious, a computational approach which could predict gene essentiality with(More)
In this work we apply a bioinformatics approach to determine the most important enzymes of the metabolic network of mycoplasmas. The genomes of several mycoplasmas shared predicted important enzymes. Our method allows us to determine both enzymes that are isolated from the metabolic network of the organism and those that are redundant. We also compare the(More)