• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2012, Volume: 5, Issue: 5, Pages: 1-5

Original Article

A mathematical approach to the carbohydrate catabolism in Ascaris lumbricoides


Metabolic pathways within a biological cell serve as a key for the various functions of the living organism. In this article, the authors have considered a mathematical study of the carbohydrate catabolism of the nematode, Ascaris lumbricoides. The technique involves setting up of a Stoichiometric matrix (S) for the biochemical reactions involved in the process and calculating biochemically meaningful basis vectors for the null space of S. In the present study, the stoichiometric matrix S is of order 26x40 for which fourteen column vectors are obtained as forming the “basis”. It is found that twelve column vectors represent the reversible reactions involved in the metabolic pathway and two-column vectors represents stoichiometry of the network.
Keywords: Ascaris lumbricoides, Carbohydrate metabolism, Nematode, Mathematical approach


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