A molecular communication system model based on biological circuits

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Abstract

Molecular Communication (MC), i.e., the exchange of information through the emission, propagation, and reception of molecules, is a promising paradigm for the interconnection of autonomous nanoscale devices, known as nanomachines. Synthetic biology techniques, and in particular the engineering of biological circuits, are enabling research towards the programming of functions within biological cells, thus paving the way for the realization of biological nanomachines. The design of MC systems built upon biological circuits is particularly interesting since cells naturally employ the MC paradigm in their interactions, and possess many of the elements required to realize this type of communication. This paper focuses on the identification and systems-theoretic modeling of a minimal subset of biological circuit elements necessary to be included in an MC system design where the message-bearing molecules are propagated via free di?usion between two cells. The system-theoretic models are here detailed in terms of transfer functions, from which analytical expressions are derived for the attenuation and the delay experienced by an information signal through the MC system. Numerical results are presented to evaluate the attenuation and delay expressions as functions of realistic biological parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication, NANOCOM 2014
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)1595930361, 9781595930361
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event1st ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication, NANOCOM 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: May 13 2014May 14 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 1st ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication, NANOCOM 2014

Other

Other1st ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication, NANOCOM 2014
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period5/13/145/14/14

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Keywords

  • Molecular communication
  • Nanonetworks
  • Synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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Pierobon, M. (2014). A molecular communication system model based on biological circuits. In Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication, NANOCOM 2014 [2619958] (Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication, NANOCOM 2014). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2619955.2619958