Maria Pia Saccomani

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A priori global identifiability is a structural property of biological and physiological models. It is considered a prerequisite for well-posed estimation, since it concerns the possibility of recovering uniquely the unknown model parameters from measured input-output data, under ideal conditions (noise-free observations and error-free model structure). Of(More)
A prerequisite for well-posedness of parameter estimation of biological and physiological systems is a priori global identifiability, a property which concerns uniqueness of the solution for the unknown model parameters. Assessing a priori global identifiability is particularly difficult for nonlinear dynamic models. Various approaches have been proposed in(More)
Transmembrane glucose transport plays a key role in determining insulin sensitivity. We have measured in vivo WBGU, FGU, and K(in) and K(out) of 3-O-methyl-D-glucose in forearm skeletal muscle by combining the euglycemic clamp technique, the forearm-balance technique, and a novel dual-tracer (1-[3H]-L-glucose and 3-O-[14C]-methyl-D-glucose) technique for(More)
A mathematical model of zinc metabolism in six healthy women (average age: 30 +/- 11 y) was developed by using stable isotopes of zinc. After equilibration on a constant diet containing 7.0 mg Zn/d, an oral tracer highly enriched in 67Zn and an intravenous tracer highly enriched in 70Zn were administered simultaneously. Multiple plasma and 24-h urine(More)
A priori global identifiability deals with the uniqueness of the solution for the unknown parameters of a model and is, thus, a prerequisite for parameter estimation of biological dynamic models. Global identifiability is however difficult to test, since it requires solving a system of algebraic nonlinear equations which increases both in nonlinearity(More)
Insulin resistance for glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle is a key feature in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Which cellular effectors of glucose metabolism are involved is still unknown. We investigated whether transmembrane glucose transport in vivo is impaired in skeletal muscle in nonobese NIDDM patients. We performed euglycemic(More)
BACKGROUND Conflicting evidence exists concerning whether insulin-induced vasodilation plays a mechanistic role in the regulation of limb glucose uptake. It can be predicted that if insulin augments blood flow by causing tissue recruitment, this mechanism would enhance limb glucose uptake. METHODS AND RESULTS Twenty healthy subjects were studied with the(More)
Insulin resistance for glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle is a key feature in NIDDM. The quantitative role of the cellular effectors of glucose metabolism in determining this insulin resistance is still imperfectly known. We assessed transmembrane glucose transport and intracellular glucose phosphorylation in vivo in skeletal muscle in nonobese NIDDM(More)