Estimating Metabolite Concentrations at Steady State

Biosynthetic Pathway-Funnel Analogy

In a follow up to our post on sequential biochemical pathways, we next wanted to present an method to approximate the concentration of a metabolic intermediate in a biosynthetic pathway. In general, under steady state conditions, the steady state concentration of a metabolite can be estimated from the ratio of the Vmax for the upstream rate-determining enzyme over the rate of decay of that metabolite. A more complete equation is detailed below and further discussed in our post on Estimating Protein/Metabolite Levels from RNAseq data.

Biosynthetic Pathway-Funnel Analogy



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