Journal article

Discrete network models of interacting nephrons

R MOSS, E KAZMIERCZAK, M KIRLEY, P HARRIS

Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2009

Abstract

The kidney is one of the major organs involved in whole-body homeostasis, and aexhibits many of the properties of a complex system. The functional unit of the kidney is the nephron, a complex, segmented tube into which blood plasma is filtered and its composition adjusted. Although the behaviour of individual nephrons can fluctuate widely and even chaotically, the behaviour of the kidney remains stable. In this paper, we investigate how the filtration rate of a multi-nephron system is affected by interactions between nephrons. We introduce a discrete-time multi-nephron network model. The tubular mechanisms that have the greatest effect on filtration rate are the transport of sodium and water..

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