Modelling oxygen capillary supply to striated muscle tissues

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Al-Shammari, AA ; Gaffney, EA ; Egginton, S (2014)
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    mesheuropmc: lipids (amino acids, peptides, and proteins)

The ability to characterise functional capillary supply (FCS) plays a key role in developing effective therapeutic interventions for numerous pathological conditions, such as chronic ischaemia in skeletal or cardiac muscle. Detailed tissue geometry, such as muscle fibre size, has been incorporated into indices of FCS by considering the distribution of Voronoi tessellations (‘capillary domains’) generated from vessel locations in a plane perpendicular to muscle fibre orientation, implicitly assuming that each Voronoi polygon represents the area of supply of its enclosed capillary. However, to assess the capacity of FCS in muscle, we are naturally led to use a modelling framework that can account for the local anatomic and metabolic heterogeneities of muscle fibres. Such a framework can be used to explore the validity of the Voronoi polygon representation of FCS regions while also providing a general platform for robust predictions of FCS.
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