Project description:Oberhardt2008 - Genome-scale metabolic
network of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (iMO1056)
This model is described in the article:
network analysis of the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas
Oberhardt MA, Puchałka J, Fryer
KE, Martins dos Santos VA, Papin JA.
J. Bacteriol. 2008 Apr; 190(8):
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major life-threatening
opportunistic pathogen that commonly infects immunocompromised
patients. This bacterium owes its success as a pathogen largely
to its metabolic versatility and flexibility. A thorough
understanding of P. aeruginosa's metabolism is thus pivotal for
the design of effective intervention strategies. Here we aim to
provide, through systems analysis, a basis for the
characterization of the genome-scale properties of this
pathogen's versatile metabolic network. To this end, we
reconstructed a genome-scale metabolic network of Pseudomonas
aeruginosa PAO1. This reconstruction accounts for 1,056 genes
(19% of the genome), 1,030 proteins, and 883 reactions. Flux
balance analysis was used to identify key features of P.
aeruginosa metabolism, such as growth yield, under defined
conditions and with defined knowledge gaps within the network.
BIOLOG substrate oxidation data were used in model expansion,
and a genome-scale transposon knockout set was compared against
in silico knockout predictions to validate the model.
Ultimately, this genome-scale model provides a basic modeling
framework with which to explore the metabolism of P. aeruginosa
in the context of its environmental and genetic constraints,
thereby contributing to a more thorough understanding of the
genotype-phenotype relationships in this resourceful and
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