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Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2014 May;114(3):e3-13. doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2013.06.014. Epub 2013 Aug 12.

Modelling of tumour growth and cytotoxic effect of docetaxel in xenografts.

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School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK. Electronic address:
Wright Dose Ltd, Charter House, 2 Woodlands Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 1HF, UK.
Modelling and Simulation, DMPK, AstraZeneca Ltd, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4TG, UK.


One of the major sources of information on physiological and pathophysiological effects in pre-clinical oncology studies is the xenografted tumour animal model. However, measurement of tumour volume over time potentially masks a range of biological changes that the xenograft is undergoing. In this paper a mechanistic model of tumour growth in xenografts is presented that can be used to investigate the mode of drug action with respect to phenotypic changes. The model encapsulates key histological biomarkers and spatial constraints. The unknown model parameters are first shown to be uniquely identifiable from the proposed experimental studies, and then estimated from the resulting data using the anti-cancer agent docetaxel.


Biomedical systems; Cytotoxic agents; Parameter estimation; Structural identifiability; Tumour growth models; Xenograft tumour models

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