The role of metabolomics in systems biology

Jens Nielsen*, Michael C. Jewett

*Corresponding author for this work

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The metabolome comprises the complete set of metabolites, the non-genetically encoded substrates, intermediates, and products of metabolic pathways, associated to a cell. By representing integrative information across multiple functional levels and by linking DNA encoded processes with the environment, the metabolome offers a window to map core attributes responsible for different phenotypes. Given increasing demand to quantitatively identify the metabolome and understand how trafficking of metabolites through the metabolic network impact cellular behavior, metabolomics has emerged as an important complementary technology to the cell-wide measurements of mRNA, proteins, fluxes, and interactions (e.g. protein-DNA). Metabolomics is already a powerful tool in drug discovery and development and in metabolic engineering. While maintaining these strengths, the field promises to play a heightened role in systems biology research, which is transforming the practice of medicine and our ability to engineer living organisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMetabolomics
Subtitle of host publicationA Powerful Tool in Systems Biology
EditorsJens Nielsen, Michael Jewett
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Sep 27 2007

Publication series

NameTopics in Current Genetics
ISSN (Print)1610-2096
ISSN (Electronic)1610-6970

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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