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Curr Genomics. 2011 Sep;12(6):391-403. doi: 10.2174/138920211797248619.

Microbial metabolomics.

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Center for National Security and Intelligence, Noblis, Falls Church, Virginia, USA.


Microbial metabolomics constitutes an integrated component of systems biology. By studying the complete set of metabolites within a microorganism and monitoring the global outcome of interactions between its development processes and the environment, metabolomics can potentially provide a more accurate snap shot of the actual physiological state of the cell. Recent advancement of technologies and post-genomic developments enable the study and analysis of metabolome. This unique contribution resulted in many scientific disciplines incorporating metabolomics as one of their "omics" platforms. This review focuses on metabolomics in microorganisms and utilizes selected topics to illustrate its impact on the understanding of systems microbiology.


Metabolomics; metabolome; microbiome; microbiota; systems biology.

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