Elementary Flux Modes (EFMs) are a tool for constraint-based modeling and metabolic network analysis. However, systematic and automated visualization of EFMs, capable of integrating various data types is still a challenge. In this study, we developed an extension for the widely adopted COBRA Toolbox, EFMviz, for analysis and graphical visualization of EFMs as networks of reactions, metabolites and genes. The analysis workflow offers a platform for EFM visualization to improve EFM interpretability by connecting COBRA toolbox with the network analysis and visualization software Cytoscape. The biological applicability of EFMviz is demonstrated in two use cases on medium (Escherichia coli, iAF1260) and large (human, Recon 2.2) genome-scale metabolic models. EFMviz is open-source and integrated into COBRA Toolbox. The analysis workflows used for the two use cases are detailed in the two tutorials provided with EFMviz along with the data used in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number66
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2020

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