## Abstract

It is well known that the kinetics of an intracellular biochemical network is stochastic. This is due to intrinsic noise arising from the random timing of biochemical reactions in the network as well as due to extrinsic noise stemming from the interaction of unknown molecular components with the network and from the cell's changing environment. While there are many methods to study the effect of intrinsic noise on the system dynamics, few exist to study the influence of both types of noise. Here we show how one can extend the conventional linear-noise approximation to allow for the rapid evaluation of the molecule numbers statistics of a biochemical network influenced by intrinsic noise and by slow lognormally distributed extrinsic noise. The theory is applied to simple models of gene regulatory networks and its validity confirmed by comparison with exact stochastic simulations. In particular, we consider three important biological examples. First, we investigate how extrinsic noise modifies the dependence of the variance of the molecule number fluctuations on the rate constants. Second, we show how the mutual information between input and output of a network motif is affected by extrinsic noise. And third, we study the robustness of the ubiquitously found feed-forward loop motifs when subjected to extrinsic noise.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 052417 |

Journal | Physical Review E |

Volume | 99 |

Issue number | 5 |

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Publication status | Published - 28 May 2019 |