Metabolic modeling of clostridia: Current developments and applications

Satyakam Dash, Chiam Yu Ng, Costas D. Maranas

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Anaerobic Clostridium spp. is an important bioproduction microbial genus that can produce solvents and utilize a broad spectrum of substrates including cellulose and syngas. Genome-scale metabolic (GSM) models are increasingly being put forth for various clostridial strains to explore their respective metabolic capabilities and suitability for various bioconversions. In this study, we have selected representative GSM models for six different clostridia (Clostridium acetobutylicum, C. beijerinckii, C. butyricum, C. cellulolyticum, C. ljungdahlii and C. thermocellum) and performed a detailed model comparison contrasting their metabolic repertoire. We also discuss various applications of these GSM models to guide metabolic engineering interventions as well as assessing cellular physiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberfnw004
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 21 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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