System analysis of Phycomyces light-growth response: madC, madG, and madH mutants

A. Palit, P. R. Pratap, E. D. Lipson

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The light-growth response of Phycomyces has been studied further with the sum-of-sinusoids method in the framework of the Wiener theory of nonlinear system identification. The response was treated as a black box with the logarithm of light intensity as the input and elongation rate as the output. The nonlinear input-output relation of the light-growth response can be represented mathematically by a set of weighting functions called kernels, which appear in the Wiener intergral series. The linear (first-order) kernels of wild type, and of single and double mutants affected in genes madA to madG were determined previously with Gaussian white noise test stimuli, and were used to investigate the interactions among the products of these genes (R.C. Poe, P. Pratap, and E.D. Lipson. 1986. Biol. Cybern. 55:105.). We have used the more precise sum-of-sinusoids method to extend the interaction studies, including both the first- and second-order kernels. Specifically, we have investigated interactions of the madH ("hypertropic") gene product with the madC ("night blind") and madG ("stiff") gene products. Experiments were performed on the Phycomyces tracking machine. The log-mean intensity of the stimulus was 6 x 10(-2) W m-2 and the wavelength was 477 nm. The first- and second-order kernels were analyzed in terms of nonlinear kinetic models.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-526
Number of pages8
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

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  • Biophysics


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