Development of an Algorithm for Reconstructing a Comprehensive Pathway Model: Application to Saccharomyces cerevisiae


The generation of bioactive products by microbial bioprocesses is important for drug discovery, functional food development, and other beneficial purposes. Many pathways contribute to the production of these bioactive compounds, but important knowledge for improving productivity still remains in hidden pathways. Recently, an abundance of knowledge about metabolic pathways has been accumulated in metabolic pathway databases, such as BioCyc and KEGG. Many by-products are chemically transformed and actually used in other enzymatic reactions. In this work, we developed an algorithm for the reconstruction of a comprehensive genetic pathway model from a known metabolic pathway database. This model considers the interactions of the by-products, in addition to the main products. Furthermore, we developed a method for the construction of a comprehensive pathway model in a specific organism. In this study, we reconstructed a Saccharomyces cerevisiae model. From this model, the pathways among enzymes that contributed to galactose metabolism were explored. Using S. cerevisiae DNA microarray data, the activated pathways were found among the explored pathways.

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Takeda, I. , Machida, M. and Aburatani, S. (2015) Development of an Algorithm for Reconstructing a Comprehensive Pathway Model: Application to Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 8, 500-510. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2015.88047.

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