Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on Computational Systems Biology, WCSB 2010
Seventh International Workshop on Computational Systems Biology, WCSB 2010
June 16-18, 2010
[en] This paper discusses the contribution of an additional feedback loop to the entrainment and the robustness of a circadian system. To quantify robustness, we perform a global analysis of the system's parameter space. We quantify the parameter region where the circuit displays an experimentally observed behavior, under entrainment. This global measure is comleted with a classification based on the phase response curve (PRC). For two models of circadian rhythms, we found that the one with two loops is more robust than the one with a single loop: the two-loop model shows better resilience to parameter perturbations and it has also a larger region where the PRC matches experimental PRCs of circadian oscillators.