Mechanistic modeling of immune response is very important to correctly predict response of patients to immuno-therapies in different therapeutic areas. Cell dynamics processes included in a QSP model of immune response can be governed by multiple regulatory molecules. Most part of the data quantifying the regulatory effects is represented by results of in vitro experiments demonstrating dependence of the cell dynamics process on dose of individual effector molecule. Combined effect of 2 or more regulatory molecules is less frequently presented in the literature [PMID: 1358972], [PMID: 2104901], [PMID: 7523571]. Different formulas to describe multiple effects of cytokines were proposed in [PMID: 20491795], [PMID: 16986268], [PMID: 21305530], [PMID: 23841912], [biophys2012 poster], [ACoP7 poster]. Some of them are based on empiric considerations but others take into account any mechanistic reasoning.
All the approaches enable to describe multiple effects of cytokines, chemokines and other regulatory molecules on immune cell proliferation, differentiation, migration, apoptosis and cytokine production. Basing on the analysis of the approaches we have chosen those published in [ACoP7 poster] and then described it in the note. Below we present derivation of formula describing multiple effects of activators, inhibitors and modifiers.
Types of effectors considered
We have considered following types of effectors
- Activators (Ai) accelerate a process
- Inhibitors (Ik) slow down a process
- Modifiers of effector Ai (MAij) strengthen/weaken effect of an effector
Description of regulation of a cell dynamics process with multiple activators and inhibitors
1. A cell dynamics process is transition between different states of a cell
2. Control of each particular process is associated with a generalized receptor. Effector binds to receptor and effect is mediated by state of receptor. States of the receptor with bound activators/inhibitors promote faster/slower transition between cell states (effect, see Fig 1A, B for schematic representation). Binding of an effector with receptor is assumed to be in equilibrium.
Figure 1. Schematic representation of assumptions underlying derivation of formular describing multiple effects of cytokines on cell dynamics processes
3. There are 2 pairs of binding sites in the receptor: activator binding site and site for binding of activator’s modifiers; inhibitor binding site and site for binding of inhibitor’s modifiers (see Fig 2). Sites associated with activators are completely independent on those associated with inhibitors. Sites for activators and their modifiers are dependent, i.e., binding of a modifier may lead to accumulation of state of receptor bound with an activator. The same is true for inhibitors. Activators compete for “activator binding site”. Inhibitors compete for “inhibitor binding site”. Modifiers compete for corresponding binding site.
Figure 2. Schematic representation of sites of generalized receptor for binding of activators, inhibitors and their modifiers.
4. Rate law of a process regulated by multiple effectors can be presented in following manner (see Fig 1A for schematic representation):
V = k(A,I,S)*[Cell State 1] (1)
5. Function k(A,I,S) describes influence of effectors on the process rate in terms of their concentrations in extracellular medium. Derivation is based on assumption that k(A,I,S) depends on relative concentration of receptor states. Indeed, dependence of the rate constant k on states of a receptor bound with nI inhibitors and nA activators can be described by following equation:
where R, Rtot, Ij°R, R°Ai, Ij°R°Ai are concentrations of free receptor, total receptor, complex of receptor with inhibitor Ij, complex of receptor with activator Ai, complex of receptor with inhibitor Ij and activator Ai, correspondently.
are basal rate constant, rate constant corresponding to effect of activator Ai and portions of decrease in basal rate constant corresponding to effect of inhibitor Ij. Values of these parameters should hold following inequalities true:
It is important to stress that in framework of the approach we have assumed that binding of an inhibitor decreases the ability of the receptor-inhibitor complex stimulate the process by the same factor independently on bound activator.
5. Taking into account conservation law for total receptor concentration and applying quasi-equilibrium approach to calculate concentrations of receptor-effector complexes in terms of effector concentration and binding parameters, one obtains:
Substituting equations (4) into expression (2) and expressing parameters describing effector to receptor binding and rate constants in terms of EC50, IC50, Emax, Imax for corresponding activators and inhibitors we have come to following expression:
Equation (5) describes dependence of rate constant of a cell dynamics process in a way illustrated in Fig 3A,B.
Figure 3. Qualitative dependence of rate constant of a cell dynamics process on activator (A) and inhibitor (B) concentration under condition when concentrations of all other effector are equal to zero.
Description of regulation of a cell dynamics process with 2 activators and 1 modifier
6. Let us take into account in Eq (5) effect of modifiers. To illustrate details how we do it in framework of proposed approach we consider example of 2 activators (A1 and A2) and 1 modifier (M) which is able to influence on effect of both activators but at different extent. Scheme representing the example is shown in Fig 4.
Figure 4. Scheme representing interaction of 2 activators and 1 sensitizer.
For this case dependence of the rate constant k on states of a receptor bound with the 2 activators and 1 sensitizer can be described by following equation:
Here, we assume (and, subsequently, take into account in the equation) that binding of modifier M to receptor does not change rate constant of the cell dynamics process but the binding can either strengthen or weaken effects of activators in different manner and extent. Parameters g1 and g2 are responsible for the influence of modifier on effect of activators A1 and A2, correspondently.
7. Taking into account conservation law for total receptor concentration and applying quasi-equilibrium approach to calculate concentrations of receptor-effector complexes, one obtains following expression:
Expressing parameters of Eq (7) describing effector to receptor binding in terms of EC50 for corresponding activators and modifier we have come to following expression:
Description of regulation of a cell dynamics process with any numbers of activators, inhibitors and modifiers
In general case of nA activators, nI inhibitors and nM,Ai modifiers for each activator Ai, nM,Ij modifiers for each inhibitor Ij we have come to equation (5) with following expressions for Emax, Imax, EC50, IC50 in terms of modifiers:
Here, we use following designations
The approach proposed in the note allows to successfully describe effect of multiple activators, inhibitors, modifiers on cell dynamics of immune cells.
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