Diffusion in tissue slices with metabolism obeying Michaelis-Menten kinetics

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Kawashiro, Nüsse & Scheid (1975) proposed a "diffusion method" of measurement of the metabolic rate in slices of tissue, and derived a mathematical relationship between the parameters which could be measured experimentally without penetration into the tissue, and the metabolic rate; the latter was assumed to obey zero-order chemical kinetics. In the present paper, we present a mathematical description of the steady-state diffusion in tissue slices with metabolism obeying an uptake kinetics of the Michaelis-Menten type, and demonstrate that the "diffusion method" is suitable for determination of the parameters of the Michaelis-Menten kinetics. It is analyzed how to choose the thickness of the tissue slice in order to achieve the maximum resolution of the method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 7 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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