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Adaptable Functionality of Transcriptional Feedback in Bacterial Two-Component Systems

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Dynamic characteristics of positive and negative feedback in two-component systems.

A. Two example parameter sets from Monte Carlo sampling show that a downstream protein typically responds faster under negative feedback than positive. The two cases were selected to have similar induction kinetics in the model lacking feedback. τ95: time to attain 95% of the activated steady state from the resting state. B. Histogram of response time ratios of sampled parameter sets shows the relationship between feedback and response time for many parameter sets generated with Monte Carlo sampling. implies that feedback improves response time; implies that feedback is detrimental to a fast response. C. Deactivation kinetics in example cases show two time scales in both positive and negative feedback. D. Timing of RRP recovery after signal interruption correlates with normalized (percent) accumulation of SHK protein concentration (ΔSHKtot). The scatter plot shows the relationship between ΔSHKtot and change in response time. Response time is the time to attain 50% of the activated steady state RRPtot from the resting state; is the response time following a previous stimulus and 45 minute interruption. y-axis values greater than 1 denote faster response after interrupted prior stimulus. The Spearman rank correlation is ∼0.625 (p∼0 with double machine precision). See Methods for parameters used.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000676.g003