Formulation, construction and analysis of kinetic models of metabolism: A review of modelling frameworks

Pedro A. Saa, Lars K. Nielsen*

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Kinetic models are critical to predict the dynamic behaviour of metabolic networks. Mechanistic kinetic models for large networks remain uncommon due to the difficulty of fitting their parameters. Recent modelling frameworks promise new ways to overcome this obstacle while retaining predictive capabilities. In this review, we present an overview of the relevant mathematical frameworks for kinetic formulation, construction and analysis. Starting with kinetic formalisms, we next review statistical methods for parameter inference, as well as recent computational frameworks applied to the construction and analysis of kinetic models. Finally, we discuss opportunities and limitations hindering the development of larger kinetic reconstructions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiotechnology Advances
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)981-1003
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Kinetic models
  • Metabolic control analysis
  • Metabolic modelling
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Parameter estimation

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