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mdmx, stochastic, mdm2, model, p53, arf

Leenders, Gerry B

Supervisor and department: Tuszynski, Jack Physics

Examining committee member and department: Marsh, Sharon Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Woodside, Michael Physics Tuszynski, Jack Physics Kurgan, Lukasz Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department: Department of Physics


Date accepted: 2012-09-26T09:34:11Z

Graduation date: 2012-09

Degree: Master of Science

Degree level: Master's

Abstract: The protein p53 is a key regulator of cellular response to a wide variety of stresses. In cancerous cells inhibitory regulators of the p53 protein such as MDM2 and MDMX are often overexpressed. In silico techniques could be used to inform the selection of interactions to target with novel drug molecules to make the drug development process more efficient. This work furthers these efforts in two ways. Firstly by investigating some of the roles of stochasticity in determining system behavior, and secondly by developing a model of p53 MDM2 and MDMX interactions and attempting to use it to predict the best targets for future drugs. Stochasticity is shown to be able to effect system behavior profoundly, with implications for future work in both theory and experiment. Lack of experimental data is found to limit the effectiveness of attempts to theoretically determine good drug targets.

Language: English

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3W592

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Author: Leenders, Gerry B



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