This books opens with chapters giving specific examples of the application of modeling techniques to vitamin A, carotenoids, folate, vitamin b-6, glycogen phosphorylase, transthyretin, amino acids, and energy metabolism. Obtaining kinetic data on internal processes is a major challenge; therefore, the text includes chapters on the use of microdialysis and ultrafiltration, use of membrane vesicles, and culture of mammary tissue.
Many of the authors use the Simulation, Analysis and Modeling program which allows compartmental models to be described without specifying the required differential equations. The final sections of the book, however, present some more mathematical descriptions of physiological processes, including bioperiodicity, metabolic control, and membrane transport; discussions of some computational aspects of modeling such as parameter distributions, linear integrators and identifiability; and alternative mathematical approaches such as neural networks and graph theory.
- Specific, detailed examples of applications of modeling to vitamins, proteins, amino acids, and energy metabolism
- Novel methods for collecting kinetic data--microdialysis, ultrafiltration, membrane vesicles, and the culture of mammary tissue
- Mathematical treatment of complex metabolic processes including bioperiodicity, metabolic control, and membrane transport
- Computational approaches to distribution of kinetic parameters, evaluation of linear integrators, and identifiability
- Alternative mathematical approaches--neural networks and graph theory
- Detailed descriptions of the application of modeling to a variety of nutrients
Coburn, Stephen P.
Dr. Coburn is director of the Biochemistry Department and Clincial Laboratory at the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center and professor ofchemistry at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. His undergraduate training was in agriculture at Rutgers University and his graduate training was in biochemistry at Purdue University. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. His research has focused on the use of stable and radioactive tracers to evaluate the routes, rates, and regulation of vitamin B-6 metabolism. He has published numerous articles and reviews as well as a monograph, <b>Chemistry and Metabolismof 4'-Deoxypyridoxine</b> (CRC Press, 1981).
Townsend, Douglas W.