Graph-theoretic criteria for injectivity and unique equilibria in general chemical reaction systems

Murad Banaji, G. Craciun

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the question of how to decide when a general chemical reaction system is incapable of admitting multiple equilibria, regardless of parameter values such as reaction rate constants, and regardless of the type of chemical kinetics, such as mass-action kinetics, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, etc. Our results relate previously described linear algebraic and graph-theoretic conditions for injectivity of chemical reaction systems. After developing a translation between the two formalisms, we show that a graph-theoretic test developed earlier in the context of systems with mass action kinetics, can be applied to reaction systems with arbitrary kinetics. The test, which is easy to implement algorithmically, and can often be decided without the need for any computation, rules out the possibility of multiple equilibria for the systems in question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-184
Number of pages17
JournalAdvances in Applied Mathematics
Volume44
Issue number2
Early online date18 Sep 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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