INDRA (Integrated Network and Dynamical Reasoning Assembler) is an automated model assembly system, originally developed for molecular systems biology and currently being generalized to other domains. INDRA draws on natural language processing systems and structured databases to collect mechanistic and causal assertions, represents them in a standardized form (INDRA Statements), and assembles them into various modeling formalisms including causal graphs and dynamical models. INDRA also provides knowledge assembly procedures that operate on INDRA Statements and correct certain errors, find and resolve redundancies, infer missing information, filter to a scope of interest and assess belief.
INDRA is currently integrated with the following natural language processing systems:
- TRIPS/DRUM - for biology
- REACH - for biology
- Sparser - for biology
- TEES - for biology
- MedScan - for biology
- Eidos - general purpose
- TRIPS/CWMS - general purpose
and can collect information from these databases:
- Pathway Commons database or any source using the BioPAX format
- BEL Large Corpus or any source using the BEL format
These input modules (available in
indra.sources) all produce INDRA
Output model assemblers
INDRA also provides several model output assemblers that take INDRA Statements as input. INDRA can assemble into the following modeling formalisms
- Detailed mechanistic, executable models in PySB which can further be exported into SBML, SBGN, Kappa, and BNGL.
- Directed causal networks in SIF, NDEx/CX, Cytoscape.js, and Graphviz formats.
- English language (a human-readable summary of the information collected and assembled by INDRA)
Internal knowledge assembly
The internal assembly steps of INDRA are exposed in the indra.tools.assemble_corpus submodule. This submodule contains functions that take Statements as input and produce processed Statements as output. They can be composed to form an assembly pipeline connecting knowledge collected from sources with an output model.
INDRA also contains utility modules to access literature content (e.g. PubMed), ontological information (e.g. UniProt, HGNC), and other resources.
From word models to executable models of signaling networks using automated assembly, Molecular Systems Biology (2017)
Documentation is available at http://indra.readthedocs.io.
For detailed installation instructions, see the documentation.
INDRA works with both Python 2 and 3 (tested with 2.7 and 3.5).
The preferred way to install INDRA is by pointing pip to the source repository as
$ pip install git+https://github.com/sorgerlab/indra.git
or by cloning the repository and then using pip to install the package as
$ git clone https://github.com/sorgerlab/indra.git $ cd indra $ pip install .
You can also install INDRA by cloning this repository and running setup.py as
$ git clone https://github.com/sorgerlab/indra.git $ cd indra $ python setup.py install
Releases of INDRA are also available on PyPI, you can install the latest release as
$ pip install indra
However, releases will usually be behind the latest code available in this repository.
INDRA depends on a few standard Python packages. These packages are installed by either setup method (using pip or running setup.py install). For certain modules and use cases, other dependencies may be needed, which are described in detail in the documentation.
In this example INDRA assembles a PySB model from the natural language description of a mechanism via the TRIPS reading web service.
from indra.sources import trips from indra.assemblers.pysb import PysbAssembler pa = PysbAssembler() # Process a natural language description of a mechanism trips_processor = trips.process_text('MEK2 phosphorylates ERK1 at Thr-202 and Tyr-204') # Collect extracted mechanisms in PysbAssembler pa.add_statements(trips_processor.statements) # Assemble the model model = pa.make_model(policies='two_step')
INDRA also provides an interface for the REACH natural language processor. In this example, a full paper from PubMed Central is processed. The paper’s PMC ID is PMC3717945.
from indra.sources import reach # Process the neighborhood of BRAF and MAP2K1 reach_processor = reach.process_pmc('3717945')
At this point,
reach_processor.statements contains a list of INDRA statements
extracted from the PMC paper.
Next we look at an example of reading the 10 most recent PubMed abstracts on BRAF and collecting the results in INDRA statements.
from indra.sources import reach from indra.literature import pubmed_client # Search for 10 most recent abstracts in PubMed on 'BRAF' pmids = pubmed_client.get_ids('BRAF', retmax=10) all_statements =  for pmid in pmids: abs = pubmed_client.get_abstract(pmid) if abs is not None: reach_processor = reach.process_text(abs) if reach_processor is not None: all_statements += reach_processor.statements
At this point, the
all_statements list contains all the statements
extracted from the 10 abstracts.
The next example shows querying the BEL large corpus network for a neighborhood of a given list of proteins using their HGNC gene names. This example performs the query via PyBEL.
from indra.sources import bel # Process the neighborhood of BRAF and MAP2K1 bel_processor = bel.process_pybel_neighborhood(['BRAF', 'MAP2K1'])
At this point,
bel_processor.statements contains a list of INDRA statements
extracted from the neighborhood query.
Next, we look at an example of querying the Pathway Commons database for paths between two lists of proteins. Note: see installation notes above for installing pyjnius, which is required for using the BioPAX API of INDRA.
from indra.sources import biopax # Process the neighborhood of BRAF and MAP2K1 biopax_processor = biopax.process_pc_pathsfromto(['BRAF', 'RAF1'], ['MAP2K1', 'MAP2K2'])
At this point,
biopax_processor.statements contains a list of INDRA
Statements extracted from the paths-from-to query.