Distinguishing different modes of growth using single-cell data

  1. Prathitha Kar
  2. Sriram Tiruvadi-Krishnan
  3. Jaana Männik
  4. Jaan Männik  Is a corresponding author
  5. Ariel Amir  Is a corresponding author
  1. Harvard University, United States
  2. University of Tennessee, United States

Abstract

Collection of high-throughput data has become prevalent in biology. Large datasets allow the use of statistical constructs such as binning and linear regression to quantify relationships between variables and hypothesize underlying biological mechanisms based on it. We discuss several such examples in relation to single-cell data and cellular growth. In particular, we show instances where what appears to be ordinary use of these statistical methods leads to incorrect conclusions such as growth being non-exponential as opposed to exponential and vice versa. We propose that the data analysis and its interpretation should be done in the context of a generative model, if possible. In this way, the statistical methods can be validated either analytically or against synthetic data generated via the use of the model, leading to a consistent method for inferring biological mechanisms from data. On applying the validated methods of data analysis to infer cellular growth on our experimental data, we find the growth of length in E. coli to be non-exponential. Our analysis shows that in the later stages of the cell cycle the growth rate is faster than exponential.

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All data generated during this study are deposited in Dataverse-:Kar, Prathitha; Tiruvadi-Krishnan, Sriram; Männik, Jaana; Männik, Jaan; Amir, Ariel, 2021, "Distinguishing different modes of growth using single-cell data", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/BNQUDW, Harvard Dataverse, V1

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  1. Prathitha Kar

    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
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  2. Sriram Tiruvadi-Krishnan

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States
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  3. Jaana Männik

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States
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  4. Jaan Männik

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States
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  5. Ariel Amir

    Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
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Funding

US-Israel BSF Research Grant (2017004)

  • Jaan Männik

National Institutes of Health (R01GM127413)

  • Jaan Männik

National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER 1752024)

  • Ariel Amir

National Science Foundation (NSF award 1806818)

  • Prathitha Kar

National Institutes of Health (NIH grant 103346)

  • Prathitha Kar

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Gordon J Berman, Emory University, United States

Version history

  1. Received: July 28, 2021
  2. Accepted: November 21, 2021
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 2, 2021 (version 1)
  4. Accepted Manuscript updated: December 8, 2021 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record published: January 4, 2022 (version 3)
  6. Version of Record updated: January 7, 2022 (version 4)

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© 2021, Kar et al.

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  1. Prathitha Kar
  2. Sriram Tiruvadi-Krishnan
  3. Jaana Männik
  4. Jaan Männik
  5. Ariel Amir
(2021)
Distinguishing different modes of growth using single-cell data
eLife 10:e72565.
https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.72565

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