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An analysis of a 'community-driven' reconstruction of the human metabolic network (2013)

Swainston, N., Mendes, P., Kell, D.

Following a strategy similar to that used in baker's yeast (Herrgard et al. Nat Biotechnol 26:1155-1160, 2008). A

 consensus yeast metabolic network obtained from a community approach to systems biology (Herrgard et al. 2008; Dobson et al. BMC Syst Biol 4:145, 2010). Further developments towards a genome-scale metabolic model of yeast (Dobson et al. 2010; Heavner et al. BMC Syst Biol 6:55, 2012). Yeast 5-an expanded reconstruction of the Saccharomycescerevisiae metabolic network (Heavner et al. 2012) and in Salmonella typhimurium (Thiele et al. BMC Syst Biol 5:8, 2011). A community effort towards a knowledge-base and mathematical model of the human pathogen Salmonella typhimurium LT2 (Thiele et al. 2011), a recent paper (Thiele et al. Nat Biotechnol 31:419-425, 2013). A community-driven global reconstruction of human metabolism (Thiele et al. 2013) described a much improved 'community consensus' reconstruction of the human metabolic network, called Recon 2, and the authors (that include the present ones) have made it freely available via a database at and in SBML format at Biomodels ( This short analysis summarises the main findings, and suggests some approaches that will be able to exploit the availability of this model to advantage.

Metabolomics : Official journal of the Metabolomic Society (2013) 9: 757-764; doi: 10.1007/s11306-013-0564-3

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