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Metabolic kinetic modeling provides insight into complex biological questions, but hurdles remain
- Strutz, Jonathan, Martin, Jacob, Greene, Jennifer, Broadbelt, Linda, Tyo, Keith
- Current opinion in biotechnology 2019 v.59 pp. 24-30
- algorithms, catalytic activity, kinetics, metabolic engineering, metabolism, models
- Metabolic models containing kinetic information can answer unique questions about cellular metabolism that are useful to metabolic engineering. Several kinetic modeling frameworks have recently been developed or improved. In addition, techniques for systematic identification of model structure, including regulatory interactions, have been reported. Each framework has advantages and limitations, which can make it difficult to choose the most appropriate framework. Common limitations are data availability and computational time, especially in large-scale modeling efforts. However, recently developed experimental techniques, parameter identification algorithms, as well as model reduction techniques help alleviate these computational bottlenecks. Opportunities for additional improvements may come from the rich literature in catalysis and chemical networks. In all, kinetic models are positioned to make significant impact in cellular engineering.