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A new model for molecule exchange in the brain microvascular system: consequences of capillary occlusions in Alzheimer's disease

Berg, Maxime and Bracko, Oliver and Davit, Yohan and Quintard, Michel and Nishimura, Nozomi and Schaffer, Christopher B. and Lorthois, Sylvie A new model for molecule exchange in the brain microvascular system: consequences of capillary occlusions in Alzheimer's disease. (2019) Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 39 (1_suppl). 301-302. ISSN 0271-678X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0271678X19851020


The brain microvascular system is a key actor in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) development. Indeed, a significant decrease of cerebral blood flow is the earliest biomarker of AD. In vivo TPLSM of cortical vasculature in APP/PS1 mice suggests the mechanism underlying the blood flow reduction is capillary occlusions. Leucocytes adhere to inflamed vessel walls and limit the flow. The impact of capillary occlusions on blood flow has been quantified numerically in large (>10000 vessels) anatomical networks in humans and mice. The regional blood flow has been found to depend linearly with no threshold effect on the fraction of capillary occlusions, so that a small fraction of stalls (2-4%) yields a significant decrease in blood flow (5-12%). Such flow decrease has a strong impact on nutrient delivery and waste clearance. That is why we devised a new model to study the effect of capillary stalling on molecule transport. The geometry of anatomical networks is too complex to use classic numerical approaches like finite elements. Instead, our model, inspired by pore-network approaches, reduces computational costs while capturing most of the underlying physics. To derive this model, we apply upscaling methods to the 3D transport equations within each vessel to obtain 1D average equations along the axis. Contrary to previous models, this new formulation describes accurately radial concentration gradients, capturing effects like longitudinal dispersion. We further use a Green’s function formulation to calculate the concentration fields inside the tissue where diffusion and reaction occur. The coupling between vessels and tissues is modelled using a membrane condition representing the blood brain barrier. This new molecule transport model is coupled with our previously validated blood flow model to examine the effects of capillary stalling on molecular exchange in transient and stationary regimes in anatomical networks. In particular, in stationnary regimes, we demonstrate an increase of the extraction coefficient with the proportion of stalled capillaries, which does not compensate for the associated blood flow reduction.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Cornell University (USA)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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European Research Council - ERC - National Cancer Institut - Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies - NIH IMAT (UNITED STATES)
Deposited On:24 Sep 2019 08:15

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