A Theoretical Model of Glucose Transport Suggests Symmetric GLUT1 Characteristics at Placental Membranes

A Theoretical Model of Glucose Transport Suggests Symmetric GLUT1 Characteristics at Placental... The process of glucose transport via the placenta is not fully deciphered. Here, we apply a theoretical model to compute glucose fluxes via the terminal villi of the human placenta for various sets of parameter values and conclude on characteristics of transport across the two bordering membranes. Based on available measured data, the spatial geometry of the terminal villi is being simulated. Within this region, glucose concentrations and fluxes are computed by a numerical scheme that solves the diffusion equation with boundary conditions that account for transporter mediated diffusion at the membranes. Feasible parameter values (ones that induce physiological glucose fluxes) are determined for four optional symmetry characteristics of the membranes. Confronting computed results with clinical knowledge reveals the most plausible scenario-symmetric activity of the transporter at the microvillous membrane. Thus, sensitivity analysis of the computed results enables deduction about micro-scale mechanisms at the bordering membranes based on macro-scale knowledge. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Membrane Biology Springer Journals

A Theoretical Model of Glucose Transport Suggests Symmetric GLUT1 Characteristics at Placental Membranes

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Human Physiology
ISSN
0022-2631
eISSN
1432-1424
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00232-014-9687-3
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Abstract

The process of glucose transport via the placenta is not fully deciphered. Here, we apply a theoretical model to compute glucose fluxes via the terminal villi of the human placenta for various sets of parameter values and conclude on characteristics of transport across the two bordering membranes. Based on available measured data, the spatial geometry of the terminal villi is being simulated. Within this region, glucose concentrations and fluxes are computed by a numerical scheme that solves the diffusion equation with boundary conditions that account for transporter mediated diffusion at the membranes. Feasible parameter values (ones that induce physiological glucose fluxes) are determined for four optional symmetry characteristics of the membranes. Confronting computed results with clinical knowledge reveals the most plausible scenario-symmetric activity of the transporter at the microvillous membrane. Thus, sensitivity analysis of the computed results enables deduction about micro-scale mechanisms at the bordering membranes based on macro-scale knowledge.

Journal

The Journal of Membrane BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 4, 2014

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