A toolbox to interactively create, customize and explore multi-systemic metabolic reaction networks
Updated 5 Sep 2017

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A Matlab-based tool to create custom sub-networks using main substrate-product pairs as defined by the Kyoto Encyclopaedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG). It can be used to explore transgenomic interactions, for example mammalian and bacterial associations. It calculates the shortest path between a set of metabolites (e.g. biomarkers from a metabonomic study) and plots the connectivity between metabolites as links in a network graph. The resulting graph can be changed and explored interactively. Furthermore, nodes in the graph are linked to the KEGG compound webpage.
A multi-systemic example data set is provided of a supra-organism, this includes reactions that can occur in compartments of homo sapiens, firmicutes and/or bacretoidetes species. The MetaboGetworks function can be used to generate custom multi-organism databases to use in the MetaboNetworks function. (See the READ ME file)

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Joram Posma (2024). MetaboNetworks (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Created with R2014a
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Version Published Release Notes

Updated functions GetRPData and GetRPData_Outer to reflect changes in KEGG. Added a new example data set.

Fixed the error in OrganismFindGUI caused by a naming ambiguity in KEGG.
Added updated code for faster database generation and network layouts.

2 new functionalities: edges linked to corresponding KEGG reaction pair web page, text edit option to change a specific string (e.g. 'hydroxy' to 'OH') for all nodes simultaneously. Search functions for selecting organisms/metabolites were updated.

Fixed 2 errors in subfunctions of MetaboGetworks, added function descriptions of input and output variables.

Removal of a parfor in the TextMatch code.