Systems Biology of Metabolism: Annual Review of Biochemistry

Jens Nielsen

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Metabolism is highly complex and involves thousands of different connected reactions; it is therefore necessary to use mathematical models for holistic studies. The use of mathematical models in biology is referred to as systems biology. In this review, the principles of systems biology are described, and two different types of mathematical models used for studying metabolism are discussed: kinetic models and genome-scale metabolic models. The use of different omics technologies, including transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and fluxomics, for studying metabolism is presented. Finally, the application of systems biology for analyzing global regulatory structures, engineering the metabolism of cell factories, and analyzing human diseases is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnual Review of Biochemistry
Pages (from-to)245-275
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Genome-scale metabolic models
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Metabolomics
  • Proteomics
  • Systems medicine
  • Transcriptomics

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