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Modeling of the kinetics of vitamin D3 in osteoblastic cells.
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PMID:  23458303     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A one-dimensional model for the transport of vitamin D3 in an osteoblast cell is proposed, from its entry through the membrane to its activation of RANKL synthesis in the nucleus. In the membrane and cytoplasm, the transport of D3 and RANKL is described by a diffusion process, while their interaction in the nucleus is modeled by a reaction-diffusion process. For the latter, an integral equation involving the boundary conditions, as well as an asymptotic solution in the regime of small concentrations, are derived. Numerical simulations are also performed to investigate the kinetics of D3 and RANKL through the entire cell. Comparison between the asymptotics and numerics in the nucleus shows an excellent agreement. To our knowledge, this is the first time, albeit using a simple model, a description of the complete passage of D3 through the cell membrane, the cytoplasm, into the cell nucleus, and finally the production of RANKL with its passage to the exterior of the cell, has been modeled.
Robert P Gilbert; Philippe Guyenne; Ying Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Mathematical biosciences and engineering : MBE     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1551-0018     ISO Abbreviation:  Math Biosci Eng     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
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Created Date:  2013-03-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101197794     Medline TA:  Math Biosci Eng     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, United States.
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