Decoupling dynamical systems for pathway identification from metabolic profiles
Rationale: Modern molecular biology is generating data of unprecedented quantity and quality. Particularly exciting for biochemical pathway modeling and proteomics are comprehensive, time-dense profiles of metabolites or proteins that are measurable, for instance, with mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance or protein kinase phosphorylation. These profiles contain a wealth of information about the structure and dynamics of the pathway or network from which the data were obtained. The retrieval of this information requires a combination of computational methods and mathematical models, which are typically represented as systems of ordinary differential equations.