Motivation: The current paradigm for viewing metabolism, such as the Boehringer Chart or KEGG, takes a metabolite-centric view that is not ideal for genomics analysis because the same enzyme can appear in multiple places. Therefore an enzyme-centric view is also required.
Results: We have eliminated synonymous compound names taken from the ENZYME database ensuring that it is computationally parseable at all levels. Based on these results, we have written a software to create enzyme-centric graphs from reaction data, and we have created a second dataset with hub molecules removed, allowing a greater depth of information to be extracted from these graphs. We also present a detailed analysis of the various stages of the reconditioning process and the characteristics of the subgraphs resulting from the application of our software to the revised datasets.
Availability: Complete datasets and supplementary material may be downloaded from http://helix.ex.ac.uk/metabolism. The software for the creation of enzyme-centric graphs from reaction data is available on request from the authors.