Special Issue "Metabolomics and Biotechnology"


A special issue of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Fumio Matsuda
Graduate School of Information Science and Technologies, Osaka University and the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan
Website: http://www-shimizu.ist.osaka-u.ac.jp/hp/en/index.html
E-Mail: fmatsuda@ist.osaka-u.ac.jp
Phone: +81-6-6897-7432
Interests: metabolic engineering; metabolomics; metabolic flux analysis; metabolic simulation; phytochemistry

Guest Editor
Dr. Kazuki Saito
Metabolomics Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, Japan
Website: http://metabolomics.riken.jp/English/index.html
E-Mail: kazuki.saito@riken.jp
Phone: +81-45-503-9488
Interests: metabolomics; functional genomics; phytochemistry; plant biotechnology; primary and secondary metabolism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Based on the technological development of the last decade, including progress with respect to sample preparations, analytical techniques, and informatics for data processing, metabolomics has become an essential tool for exploring the frontiers of emerging biotechnological fields. There are many metabolomics-driven studies; such studies range from the fundamental to the applied sciences (in the fields of plant, agriculture, food, microbes, pharmaceutics, and medicine). These studies cover many topics: e.g., the quality control of foods, traditional medicines, microbial metabolism for bio-refineries, the identification of novel metabolic functions for crop improvement, and marker discovery for disease diagnosis and pharmaceutical development.

This special issue of Metabolites, "Metabolomics and Biotechnology," will be dedicated not only to in-depth applications of metabolomics techniques to the biotechnology field, but also to a cutting-edge technology development for detailed "metabolotyping," both from a fundamental as well as an applied point of view. The topics that will be covered by this special issue include (not exclusively): the functional genomics that identify novel metabolites and gene functions, the biotechnological application of metabolomic methods, metabolic flux analysis using stable isotopes, single cell analysis requiring a sensitive quantification of diverse metabolites in tiny samples, empirical and computational methods of annotating metabolites, metabolite imaging, the mathematical modeling of metabolism, and applications in quality control, process engineering, and regulatory science. Manuscripts dealing with other challenging issues are also highly desired.

Dr. Kazuki Saito
Dr.Fumio Matsuda
Guest Editors


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  • metabolomics
  • metabolomics-driven biotechnology
  • marker discovery
  • quality control
  • single cell analysis
  • metabolic flux analysis
  • metabolite identification
  • gene identification
  • imaging
  • metabolic modeling

Published Papers

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Last update: 20 September 2013

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