, Volume 142, Issue 1, pp 9-17

A model of the pentose phosphate pathway in rat liver cells

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A mathematical model based on kinetic data taken from the literature is presented for the pentose phosphate pathway in fasted rat liver steady-state. Since the oxidative and non oxidative pentose phosphate pathway can act independently, the complete (oxidative + non oxidative) and the non oxidative pentose pathway were simulated.

Sensitivity analyses are reported which show that the fluxes are mainly regulated by D-glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (for the oxidative pathway) and by transketolase (for the non oxidative pathway). The most influent metabolites were the group ATP, ADP, P1 and the group NADPH, NADP+ (for the non oxidative pathway).