Andrej Dobovisek

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Altered expressions of the key enzymes in arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism, prostaglandin synthase 1 and 2 and cysteinyl leukotriene C4 synthase, are of importance in understanding aspirin-induced asthma. We propose a mathematical model of AA metabolism and its interaction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Model simulations depict the(More)
In this paper the 4-state latch bridge model proposed by Rembold and Murphy is expanded; first by incorporation of the analytical expression of Ca2+ dependent MLCK activation from the work of Kato et al. and second, by inclusion of the myosin dephosphorylation based on the Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The analysis of the proposed model and the comparison with(More)
In this work, we consider the choice of a system suitable for the formulation of principles in nonequilibrium thermodynamics. It is argued that an isolated system is a much better candidate than a system in contact with a bath. In other words, relaxation processes rather than stationary processes are more appropriate for the formulation of principles in(More)
A general proof is derived that entropy production can be maximized with respect to rate constants in any enzymatic transition. This result is used to test the assumption that biological evolution of enzyme is accompanied with an increase of entropy production in its internal transitions and that such increase can serve to quantify the progress of enzyme(More)
The action of different agonists such as acetylcholine on the membrane of airway smooth muscle cells may induce cytosolic Ca(2+) oscillations which can be a part of the Ca(2+) signalling pathway, eventually leading to cell contraction. The aim of the present study is to present a mathematical model of the possible effect of the initial Ca(2+) distribution(More)
A procedure for maximization of the density of entropy production in a single stationary two-step enzyme reaction is developed. Under the constraints of mass conservation, fixed equilibrium constant of a reaction and fixed products of forward and backward enzyme rate constants the existence of maximum in the density of entropy production is demonstrated. In(More)
A quantitative high-performance thin-layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method was developed for the analysis of ampicillin in urine. A dioxane-water-n-butanol-formic acid mobile phase system and HPTLC Silica gel 60 F254 as stationary phase were used. Quantitation was realized on a Zeiss PMQ 2 densitometer connected to a Varian A-25 recorder and an Apple II(More)
The authors developed a mathematical model of arachidonic acid (AA) degradation to prostaglandins (PGs) and leukotrienes (LTs), which are implicated in the processes of inflammation and hypersensitivity to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The model focuses on two PGs (PGE2 and PGD2) and one LT (LTC4), their % increases and their ratios.(More)
Aspirin-induced asthma (AIA) is a severe inflammatory disease, which affects aspirin-intolerant patients after ingestion of aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In this article, a mathematical model describing arachidonic acid metabolism and its interaction with NSAIDs, is used to study the strategy for safe managing of NSAIDs to(More)
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