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Mathematical Modelling of Intravenous Thrombolysis in Acute Ischaemic stroke: Effects of Dose Regimens on Levels of Fibrinolytic Proteins and Clot Lysis Time

Gu, B; Piebalgs, A; Huang, Y; Longstaff, C; Hughes, AD; Chen, R; Thom, SA; (2019) Mathematical Modelling of Intravenous Thrombolysis in Acute Ischaemic stroke: Effects of Dose Regimens on Levels of Fibrinolytic Proteins and Clot Lysis Time. Pharmaceutics , 11 (3) , Article 111. 10.3390/pharmaceutics11030111. Green open access

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Abstract

Thrombolytic therapy is one of the medical procedures in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke (AIS), whereby the tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is intravenously administered to dissolve the obstructive blood clot. The treatment of AIS by thrombolysis can sometimes be ineffective and it can cause serious complications, such as intracranial haemorrhage (ICH). In this study, we propose an efficient mathematical modelling approach that can be used to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of thrombolysis in various clinically relevant scenarios. Our model combines the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of tPA with local clot lysis dynamics. By varying the drug dose, bolus-infusion delay time, and bolus-infusion ratio, with the FDA approved dosing protocol serving as a reference, we have used the model to simulate 13 dose regimens. Simulation results are compared for temporal concentrations of fibrinolytic proteins in plasma and the time that is taken to achieve recanalisation. Our results show that high infusion rates can cause the rapid degradation of plasma fibrinogen, indicative of increased risk for ICH, but they do not necessarily lead to fast recanalisation. In addition, a bolus-infusion delay results in an immediate drop in plasma tPA concentration, which prolongs the time to achieve recanalisation. Therefore, an optimal administration regimen should be sought by keeping the tPA level sufficiently high throughout the treatment and maximising the lysis rate while also limiting the degradation of fibrinogen in systemic plasma. This can be achieved through model-based optimisation in the future.

Type: Article
Title: Mathematical Modelling of Intravenous Thrombolysis in Acute Ischaemic stroke: Effects of Dose Regimens on Levels of Fibrinolytic Proteins and Clot Lysis Time
Location: Switzerland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/pharmaceutics11030111
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics11030111
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: acute ischaemic stroke, mathematical modelling, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, thrombolysis, tissue plasminogen activator
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Population Science and Experimental Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070552
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