Understanding the mTOR signaling pathway via mathematical modeling

Nurgazy Sulaimanov*, Martin Klose, Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries

*Corresponding author for this work
2 Citations (Scopus)


The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a central regulatory pathway that integrates a variety of environmental cues to control cellular growth and homeostasis by intricate molecular feedbacks. In spite of extensive knowledge about its components, the molecular understanding of how these function together in space and time remains poor and there is a need for Systems Biology approaches to perform systematic analyses. In this work, we review the recent progress how the combined efforts of mathematical models and quantitative experiments shed new light on our understanding of the mTOR signaling pathway. In particular, we discuss the modeling concepts applied in mTOR signaling, the role of multiple feedbacks and the crosstalk mechanisms of mTOR with other signaling pathways. We also discuss the contribution of principles from information and network theory that have been successfully applied in dissecting design principles of the mTOR signaling network. We finally propose to classify the mTOR models in terms of the time scale and network complexity, and outline the importance of the classification toward the development of highly comprehensive and predictive models. WIREs Syst Biol Med 2017, 9:e1379. doi: 10.1002/wsbm.1379. For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1379
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01.07.2017


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