Can yeast systems biology contribute to the understanding of human disease?
Journal article, 2008

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a unicellular eukaryal microorganism that has traditionally been regarded either as a model system for investigating cellular physiology or as a cell factory for biotechnological use, for example for the production of fuels and commodity chemicals such as lactate or pharmaceuticals, including human insulin and HPV vaccines. Systems biology has recently gained momentum and has successfully been used for mapping complex regulatory networks and resolving the dynamics of signal transduction pathways. So far, yeast systems biology has mainly focused on the development of new methods and concepts. There are also some examples of the application of yeast systems biology for improving biotechnological processes. We discuss here how yeast systems biology could be used in elucidating fundamental cellular principles such as those relevant for the study of molecular mechanisms underlying complex human diseases, including the metabolic syndrome and ageing.

Author

Dina Petranovic Nielsen

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Life Sciences, System Biology

Jens B Nielsen

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Life Sciences, System Biology

Trends in Biotechnology

Vol. 26 11 584-590

Subject Categories

Industrial Biotechnology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Roots

Basic sciences

Areas of Advance

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

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10/7/2017