Synchronization of tubular pressure oscillations in coupled nephrons

11 Jul 2018, 11:00
New Law School/--102 (University of Sydney)

New Law School/--102

University of Sydney

Oral Presentation Minisymposium: Modelling feedback-mediated flow dynamics Modelling feedback-mediated flow dynamics


Hwayeon Ryu (University of Hartford)


The kidney plays an essential role in regulating the blood pressure and a number of its func- tions operate at the functional unit of the kidney, the nephron. To understand the impacts of internephron coupling on the overall nephrons’ dynamics, we develop a mathematical model of a tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) system, a negative feedback mechanism for nephron’s fluid capacity. Specifically, each model nephron represents a rigid thick ascending limb only and is assumed to interact with nearby nephrons through vascular and hemodynamic coupling along the pre-glomerular vasculature. We conduct a bifurcation analysis by deriving a characteristic equation obtained via a linearization of the model equations. Numerical solutions for the model equations are consequently obtained to validate the predictions of the characteristic equation. The model results show that the coupled-TGF system with two different coupling effects can produce in-phase as well as anti-phase (out-of-phase) synchronization of tubular pressure oscillations in two coupled nephrons, as has been observed in experimental studies.

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Hwayeon Ryu (University of Hartford)


Dr Anita Layton (Duke University)

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