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Journal of Biotechnology
Vol. 219, 20
16, Pages: 126–141

Kinetic modeling of cell metabolism for microbial production

Rafael S. Costa, Andras Hartmann, Susana Vinga

IDMEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal.


Kinetic models of cellular metabolism are important tools for the rational design of metabolic engineering strategies and to explain properties of complex biological systems. The recent developments in high-throughput experimental data are leading to new computational approaches for building kinetic models of metabolism.

Herein, we briefly survey the available databases, standards and software tools that can be applied for kinetic models of metabolism. In addition, we give an overview about recently developed ordinary differential equations (ODE)-based kinetic models of metabolism and some of the main applications of such models are illustrated in guiding metabolic engineering design. Finally, we review the kinetic modeling approaches of large-scale networks that are emerging, discussing their main advantages, challenges and limitations.

Keywords: Kinetic modeling of metabolism; Strain improvement; Systems metabolic engineering; Industrial biotechnology; Systems biology.

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