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Dissertation

Prediction of spatial-temporal brain drug distribution with a novel mathematical model

A novel mathematical model describes spatial-temporal drug distribution within one or more brain units, which are cubic representations of a piece of brain tissue with brain capillaries at the edges.

Author
Vendel, E.
Date
17 December 2019
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A novel mathematical model describes spatial-temporal drug distribution within one or more brain units, which are cubic representations of a piece of brain tissue with brain capillaries at the edges. The brain unit can be considered a highly representative building block of the brain in terms of drug distribution. While the focus of the model is on drug distribution within the brain ECF, the model includes descriptions of drug concentrations within the blood plasma, drug distribution via brain capillary blood flow, drug transport across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) by passive paracellular and transcellular transport as well as active transport, brain ECF diffusion, brain ECF bulk flow, non-specific binding of the drug to brain tissue, and drug target binding kinetics. We study the model with analytical methods and numerical simulations. This allows us to examine the integrated effect of the individual processes important to drug distribution and effect on the local concentration-time profiles of free and (non-)specifically bound drug. Moreover, the model allows us to generate a local distribution profile of a drug within the brain. In addition, the impact of disease-induced changes in brain-specific properties on the concentrations of drug within the brain ECF is assessed.

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