Inferring Metabolic Flux from Time-Course Metabolomics
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The metabolic activity of a mammalian cell changes dynamically over time and is tied to the changing metabolic demands of cellular processes such as cell differentiation and proliferation. While experimental tools like time-course metabolomics and flux tracing can measure the dynamics of a few pathways, they are unable to infer fluxes at the whole network level. To address this limitation, we have developed the Dynamic Flux Activity (DFA) algorithm, a genome-scale modeling approach that uses time-course metabolomics to predict dynamic flux rewiring during transitions between metabolic states. This chapter provides a protocol for applying DFA to characterize the dynamic metabolic activity of various cancer cell lines.
Key wordsDynamic flux activity Constraint-based modeling Flux balance analysis Genome-scale metabolic models Time-course metabolomics Cancer metabolism
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