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Bioinformatics. 2005 Apr 1;21(7):1219-26. Epub 2004 Nov 16.

Application of Petri net theory for modelling and validation of the sucrose breakdown pathway in the potato tuber.

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Department of Bioinformatics, Technical University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Seestrasse 64, Berlin, 13347, Germany.



Because of the complexity of metabolic networks and their regulation, formal modelling is a useful method to improve the understanding of these systems. An essential step in network modelling is to validate the network model. Petri net theory provides algorithms and methods, which can be applied directly to metabolic network modelling and analysis in order to validate the model. The metabolism between sucrose and starch in the potato tuber is of great research interest. Even if the metabolism is one of the best studied in sink organs, it is not yet fully understood.


We provide an approach for model validation of metabolic networks using Petri net theory, which we demonstrate for the sucrose breakdown pathway in the potato tuber. We start with hierarchical modelling of the metabolic network as a Petri net and continue with the analysis of qualitative properties of the network. The results characterize the net structure and give insights into the complex net behaviour.

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