CellDesigner 3.5: A versatile modeling tool for biochemical networks

Akira Funahashi, Yukiko Matsuoka, Akiya Jouraku, Mineo Morohashi, Norihiro Kikuchi, Hiroaki Kitano

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Understanding of the logic and dynamics of generegulatory and biochemical networks is a major challenge of systems biology. To facilitate this research topic, we have developed a modeling/simulating tool called CellDesigner. CellDesigner primarily has capabilities to visualize, model, and simulate gene-regulatory and biochemical networks. Two major characteristics embedded in CellDesigner boost its usability to create/import/export models: 1) solidly defined and comprehensive graphical representation (systems biology graphical notation) of network models and 2) systems biology markup language (SBML) as a model-describing basis, which function as intertool media to import/export SBML-based models. In addition, since its initial release in 2004, we have extended various capabilities of CellDesigner. For example, we integrated other Systems Biology Workbench enabled simulation/analysis software packages. CellDesigner also supports simulation and parameter search, supported by integration with SBML ODE Solver, enabling users to simulate through our sophisticated graphical user interface. Users can also browse and modify existing models by referring to existing databases directly through CellDesigner. Those extended functions empower CellDesigner as not only a modeling/ simulating tool but also an integrated analysis suite. Cell-Designer is implemented in Java and thus supports various platforms (i.e., Windows, Linux, and MacOS X). CellDesigner is freely available via our Web site.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4567412
Pages (from-to)1254-1265
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug


  • Biochemical simulation
  • Kinetic modeling
  • SBGN
  • SBML
  • Systems biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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