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Int J Biomed Comput. 1990 Feb;25(1):7-20.

Discrete design of enzyme kinetic experiments.

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Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, University of Barcelona, Spain.


The usefulness of discrete designs in enzyme kinetics as an alternative to continuous designs is discussed in this paper, focusing on designs satisfying the D-optimality criterion. This study has been carried out using a program called DODID, specifically devised for this purpose, which is available by request to the authors. The results presented in this paper show that the relative efficiency of the D-optimal discrete designs with respect to the continuous ones increases rapidly when increasing the number of possible values for the control variables. Relative efficiencies higher than 0.98 are achieved when using 20 possible values for each variable. The power of the tools provided by the computational approach of this work is proved by the analysis made on the robustness of different designs for estimating the kinetic parameters when a wrong assumption on the error structure has been made. The robustness of the designs made assuming medium constant error (error variance proportional to the true response) is thus confirmed. A comparative study of several discriminating designs is also presented. The results obtained show that the designs produced by adding the optimal discrete designs corresponding to both candidate models plus the point where the weighted difference between the predicted values is maximum, is a good choice when designing an experiment for discrimination.

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