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A Parts Database with Consensus Parameter Estimation for Synthetic Circuit Design

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posted on 25.07.2016 by Linh Huynh, Ilias Tagkopoulos
Mathematical modeling and numerical simulation are crucial to support design decisions in synthetic biology. Accurate estimation of parameter values is key, as direct experimental measurements are difficult and time-consuming. Insufficient data, incompatible measurements, and specialized models that lack universal parameters make this task challenging. Here, we have created a database (PAMDB) that integrates data from 135 publications that contain 118 circuits and 165 genetic parts of the bacterium Escherichia coli. We used a succinct, universal model formulation to describe the part behavior in each circuit. We introduce a constrained consensus inference method that was used to infer the value of the model parameters and evaluated its performance through cross-validation in a benchmark of 23 circuits. We discuss these results and summarize the challenges in data integration and parameter inference. This work provides a resource and a methodology that can be used as a point of reference for synthetic circuit modeling.