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In such graphs, an edge has a starting node and a target node which captures the fact that a transcription factor regulates a target gene. Though more complex representations, which include the incorporation of other entities such as small molecules, RNA encoding genes, signal-transduction pathways or interacting proteins, are possible, most of our understanding of transcriptional networks has been limited to the holistic view of TFs and TGs as nodes and the Transcriptional regulatory networks 21 regulatory interactions between them as edges.

The DNA-binding domains seen in transcription factors have been classified into a small group of families based on the structural folds [340, 654]. The assignment of the DNA-binding domains to different structural domain families allows one to assess the evolutionary relationships among transcription factors. In fact it has been shown in all the three domains of life that the repertoire of DNA-binding domains used by TFs comes from a relatively small, ancient conserved collection [34, 41, 354, 501].

The number of target genes regulated by them. Others define global regulators in the model bacterium E. coli by taking into account additional factors such as the number of co-regulators and the number of conditions in which they are regulated [401]. Using this definition, seven global regulators have been identified that regulate more than 50% of all the genes in the entire network that is currently known for E. coli. Since target genes encoding transcription factors can themselves be regulated by other transcription factors, the TRN is not a simple, flat network.

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