Quantification of Microbial Phenotypes
AbstractMetabolite profiling technologies have improved to generate close to quantitative metabolomics data, which can be employed to quantitatively describe the metabolic phenotype of an organism. Here, we review the current technologies available for quantitative metabolomics, present their advantages and drawbacks, and the current challenges to generate fully quantitative metabolomics data. Metabolomics data can be integrated into metabolic networks using thermodynamic principles to constrain the directionality of reactions. Here we explain how to estimate Gibbs energy under physiological conditions, including examples of the estimations, and the different methods for thermodynamics-based network analysis. The fundamentals of the methods and how to perform the analyses are described. Finally, an example applying quantitative metabolomics to a yeast model by 13C fluxomics and thermodynamics-based network analysis is presented. The example shows that (1) these two methods are complementary to each other; and (2) there is a need to take into account Gibbs energy errors. Better estimations of metabolic phenotypes will be obtained when further constraints are included in the analysis. View Full-Text
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Martínez, V.S.; Krömer, J.O. Quantification of Microbial Phenotypes. Metabolites 2016, 6, 45.
Martínez VS, Krömer JO. Quantification of Microbial Phenotypes. Metabolites. 2016; 6(4):45.Chicago/Turabian Style
Martínez, Verónica S.; Krömer, Jens O. 2016. "Quantification of Microbial Phenotypes." Metabolites 6, no. 4: 45.
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