The tutorial metabolism will be organized as a practical work with computers aiming at comparing various modeling approaches to study a metabolic network. To this purpose we will apply different tools to two metabolic networks, a very simple one to grasp the theoretical concepts and a network of medium complexity to apply the theoretical concepts and understand their interest. The program will be:

  • General presentation
  • Stoichiometry matrix of the network, Null-space, determination of the elementary flux modes (EFM), and analysis of metabolic networks with EFMs.
  • Flux Balance Analysis (FBA) approach with different objective functions or/and constraints (FAME).
  • Kinetic modelling of the network with simple rate equations and parameters from the literature. Description of the steady-states of the metabolic network. Role of metabolic and genetic regulations. Comparison with the EFM and the solution obtained with FBA. (Copasi, Berkeley Madonna, Python)
  • Metabolic Control Analysis (MCA). Determination of control coefficients in different situations. Derive summation and connectivity equations (Control and Copasi).
  • The tutorial is completely hands-on. Students will use their laptop to apply different softwares based on different methods to study the same metabolic network and to compare the results. A booklet describing the metabolic network and the software used (which can be loaded before the thematic school) will be sent at the beginning of March. It will include a series of questions in order to practice with the proposed software and play with a metabolic network

    Target audience: Biologists and physiologists interested in understanding the role of metabolism, its rerouting in different normal or pathological conditions (cancer, inborn errors of metabolism, Plant metabolism, metabolic pathologies such as diabetes, obesity, aging, etc.), and as target of drugs.

    Prerequisite: None although the notion of metabolic network and of rate equation of reactions are supposed known.

    Equipment: Students should bring their laptop. Internet connection is not needed, but the sofwares should have been loaded (the list will be given at the beginning of March)

    Enrollment limit: 15 students maximum

    Duration: 6 hours (2 sessions of 3 hours each).

    Tutors involved:

  • Jean-Pierre Mazat (Université de Bordeaux and CNRS) http://jean-pierre.mazat.pagesperso-orange.fr
  • Sabine Pérès (LRI Université Paris-Sud) https://www.lri.fr/~speres
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