Raúl Montañez

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SUMMARY We present Systems Biology Metabolic Modeling Assistant (SBMM Assistant), a tool built using an ontology-based mediator, and designed to facilitate metabolic modeling through the integration of data from repositories that contain valuable metabolic information. This software can be used for the visualization, design and management of metabolic(More)
The search for a systems-level picture of metabolism as a web of molecular interactions provides a paradigmatic example of how the methods used to characterize a system can bias the interpretation of its functional meaning. Metabolic maps have been analyzed using novel techniques from network theory, revealing some non-trivial, functionally relevant(More)
Many molecular details remain to be uncovered concerning the regulation of polyamine metabolism. A previous model of mammalian polyamine metabolism showed that S-adenosyl methionine availability could play a key role in polyamine homeostasis. To get a deeper insight in this prediction, we have built a combined model by integration of the previously(More)
Mounting evidence indicates that our planet might experience runaway effects associated to rising temperatures and ecosystem overexploitation, leading to catastrophic shifts on short time scales. Remediation scenarios capable of counterbalancing these effects involve geoengineering, sustainable practices and carbon sequestration, among others. None of these(More)
Synthetic biology seeks to envision living cells as a matter of engineering. However, increasing evidence suggests that the genetic load imposed by the incorporation of synthetic devices in a living organism introduces a sort of unpredictability in the design process. As a result, individual part characterization is not enough to predict the behavior of(More)
Intelligent systems have emerged in our biosphere in different contexts and achieving different levels of complexity. The requirement of communication in a social context has been in all cases a determinant. The human brain, probably co-evolving with language, is an exceedingly successful example. Similarly, social insects complex collective decisions(More)
Within the field of synthetic biology, a rational design of genetic parts should include a causal understanding of their input-output responses-the so-called transfer function-and how to tune them. However, a commonly adopted strategy is to fit data to Hill-shaped curves without considering the underlying molecular mechanisms. Here we provide a novel(More)
BACKGROUND Amines are biogenic amino acid derivatives, which play pleiotropic and very important yet complex roles in animal physiology. For many other relevant biomolecules, biochemical and molecular data are being accumulated, which need to be integrated in order to be effective in the advance of biological knowledge in the field. For this purpose, a(More)
Angiogenesis is one of the hallmarks of cancer and, as such, one of the alternative general targets for anticancer therapy. Since angiogenesis is a complex process involving a high number of interconnected components, a network approach would be a convenient systemic way to analyse responses to directed drug attacks. Herein we show that, although the(More)
Human StarD5 belongs to the StarD4 subfamily of START (for steroidogenic acute regulatory lipid transfer) domain proteins. We previously reported that StarD5 is located in the cytosolic fraction of human liver and binds cholesterol and 25-hydroxycholesterol. After overexpression of the gene encoding StarD5 in primary rat hepatocytes, free cholesterol(More)