Special Issue "Dynamic Approaches to Metabolic Modeling and Metabolic Engineering"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Doraiswami Ramkrishna

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Interests: metabolic modeling; metabolic engineering; particulate processes; population balances

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Processes (ISSN 2227-9717), an international open access journal on processes in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and related engineering research fields, is published by MDPI online quarterly. For more information, please refer to Processes' Aims and Scope at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/processes/about. This Special Issue of Processes is expected to gather contributions in the general area of Dynamic Approaches to Metabolic Modeling and Metabolic Engineering.

Overall, this Special Issue is dedicated to applying mathematical models towards the translation of fundamental theory to design, optimize and control engineering systems. Specifically, it aims to promote the use of dynamic modeling from metabolic networks to metabolic engineering, then further to enable the design of organisms to maximize productivity.

While successful case studies will be of special interest, we also welcome papers that deliberate on the methodology, irrespective of whether the stipulated engineering goals have been reached successfully.

Prof. Dr. Doraiswami Ramkrishna
Guest Editor

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  • metabolic networks
  • metabolic Engineering
  • genetic Engineering
  • mutation
  • gene knockout
  • gene insertion
  • product yield and productivity

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Open AccessArticle Dynamic Modeling of Cell-Free Biochemical Networks Using Effective Kinetic Models
Processes 2015, 3(1), 138-160; doi:10.3390/pr3010138
Received: 8 September 2014 / Revised: 16 February 2015 / Accepted: 17 February 2015 / Published: 3 March 2015
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Cell-free systems offer many advantages for the study, manipulation and modeling of metabolism compared to in vivo processes. Many of the challenges confronting genome-scale kinetic modeling can potentially be overcome in a cell-free system. For example, there is no complex transcriptional regulation to
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Cell-free systems offer many advantages for the study, manipulation and modeling of metabolism compared to in vivo processes. Many of the challenges confronting genome-scale kinetic modeling can potentially be overcome in a cell-free system. For example, there is no complex transcriptional regulation to consider, transient metabolic measurements are easier to obtain, and we no longer have to consider cell growth. Thus, cell-free operation holds several significant advantages for model development, identification and validation. Theoretically, genome-scale cell-free kinetic models may be possible for industrially important organisms, such as E. coli, if a simple, tractable framework for integrating allosteric regulation with enzyme kinetics can be formulated. Toward this unmet need, we present an effective biochemical network modeling framework for building dynamic cell-free metabolic models. The key innovation of our approach is the integration of simple effective rules encoding complex allosteric regulation with traditional kinetic pathway modeling. We tested our approach by modeling the time evolution of several hypothetical cell-free metabolic networks. We found that simple effective rules, when integrated with traditional enzyme kinetic expressions, captured complex allosteric patterns such as ultrasensitivity or non-competitive inhibition in the absence of mechanistic information. Second, when integrated into network models, these rules captured classic regulatory patterns such as product-induced feedback inhibition. Lastly, we showed, at least for the network architectures considered here, that we could simultaneously estimate kinetic parameters and allosteric connectivity from synthetic data starting from an unbiased collection of possible allosteric structures using particle swarm optimization. However, when starting with an initial population that was heavily enriched with incorrect structures, our particle swarm approach could converge to an incorrect structure. While only an initial proof-of-concept, the framework presented here could be an important first step toward genome-scale cell-free kinetic modeling of the biosynthetic capacity of industrially important organisms. Full article
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