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Electrometabolomic Modeling of Microbes: Applications in Fuel Cells and Environment Analysis

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Author(s): Max Fontus | Peter Ortoleva

Journal: Journal of Biotech Research
ISSN 1944-3285

Volume: 3;
Start page: 37;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: multiscale analysis | cell modeling | electrometabolomics | microbial fuel cell | microbe-mineral interaction

ABSTRACT
A formalism for simulating coupled metabolic and electrophysiological processes is presented. The resulting chemical kinetic and electrophysiological equations are solved numerically in a manner consistent with the multiscale nature of the problem and implemented as a cell simulator. Metabolic features of this simulator were adapted from Karyote, a multi-compartment biochemical cell model. We present the mathematical formalism and its computational implementation as an electrometabolomic cell simulator. Applications to Geobacter sulfurreducens in the environment and in a fuel cell are discussed.
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