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Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. | doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00336

Integrative Computational Framework for Understanding Metabolic Modulation in Leishmania

  • 1National Centre for Cell Science, India

Background: The integration of computational and mathematical approaches is used to provide a key insight into the biological systems. Through systems biology approaches we seek to find detailed and more robust information on Leishmanial metabolic network. Forman/Forman-Ricci curvature measures were applied to identify important nodes in the network(s). This was followed by flux balance analysis (FBA) to decipher important drug targets.
Results: Our results revealed several key high curvature nodes (metabolites) belonging to common yet crucial metabolic networks, thus, maintaining the integrity of the network which signifies its robustness. Further analysis revealed the presence of some of these metabolites, MGO, in redox metabolism of the parasite. Being a component in the glyoxalase pathway and highly cytotoxic, we further attempted to study the outcome of the deletion of the key enzyme (GLOI) mainly involved in the neutralization of MGO by utilizing FBA. The model and the objective function kept as simple as possible demonstrated an interesting emergent behavior. The nonfunctional GLOI in the model contributed to ‘zero’ flux which signifies the key role of GLOI as a rate limiting enzyme. This has led to several fold increase production of MGO, thereby, causing an increased level of MGO●- generation.
Conclusions: The integrated computational approaches have deciphered GLOI as a potential target both from curvature measures as well as FBA which could further be explored for kinetic modeling by implying various redox-dependent constraints on the model. Furthermore, a constraint-based FBA on a larger model could further be explored to get broader picture to understand the exact underlying mechanisms. Designing various in vitro experimental perspectives could churn the therapeutic importance of GLOI.

Keywords: metabolic network, Forman curvature, Forman-Ricci curvature, network topology, Leishmania, Flux balance analysis

Received: 02 Aug 2019; Accepted: 30 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Chauhan and Singh. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Shailza Singh, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, 411007, Maharashtra, India,