#### PHARMACOKINETIC DERIVATION OF RATES AND ORDERS OF REACTIONS IN MULTI-COMPARTMENT MODEL USING MATLAB

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**PHARMACOKINETIC DERIVATION OF RATES AND ORDERS OF REACTIONS IN MULTI-COMPARTMENT MODEL USING MATLAB**

Z.M. Llarena

Gokongwei College of Engineering, De La Salle University Manila Manila, Philippines.

**ABSTRACT:** Pharmacokinetic modeling is the representation of the logarithmic mathematical equations in order to measure the physiologic response of the body to the drug. Absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion follow drug kinetic principles according to specific reaction mechanisms in which concentration of the drug may either be dependent or independent of drug-body interactions. Michaelis-Menten equation exhibits association between drug concentration and its mass transfer through a kinetics transport mechanism, a principle also known as Fick’s Law of Diffusion. Reaction orders are the sum of the powers of drug concentrations being raised to a certain degree that follows a certain pattern of drug kinetics according to rate laws being established. Reactions between the drug and the body usually follows first and second order rate. First order rate of reaction can be described as drug concentration dependent, whereas, zero order reaction rate can be explained as drug concentration independent. This paper aims to describe the derivation of pharmacokinetic principles acting in multi-compartment model as the drug enters and exits the body using partial differential equations. It explains mathematically the mechanism behind clinical pharmacokinetics through mass diffusivity. Hence, drug-body interactions can be understood mathematically using logarithmic derivations by quantitative response between drug concentration and the human body according to laws governed by each order of reaction*.*

Keywords: |

Pharmacokinetics;

Reaction Order; Concentration Rate; First Order; Second Order

**INTRODUCTION:** Pharmacokinetic modeling of the physical function of the body has discovered its global use in the pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy because it is a comprehensive, principle-based approach leading to a greater knowledge of pharmacodynamic, either therapeutic or toxic effects by quantifying tissue exposure. By attaining this, mathematical modeling of whole body function based on pharmacokinetic equations describe anatomic spaces as fixed volumes with mass transfer between compartments in reference of connectivity of the vascular system and physiologic blood flows.

Each compartment may be further defined by drug-specific terms for tissue elimination, which are dependent on absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion processes ^{1}.

The movement through cellular membranes requires action of drugs and its pharmacokinetic mechanisms. The fate of drugs in human system are difficult to determine due to mechanisms by which therapeutic chemicals pass through membranes and the physicochemical characteristics of molecules and membranes that influence this mass transfer. The drug properties that determine its action and accessibility at various action sites are physicochemical features, namely, molecular size and structural features, ionization degree, relative lipid solubility of its ionized and non-ionized forms, and its affinity to serum and tissue proteins. Majority of the cases, a drug must cross the many cellular plasma membranes to reach its target of action. Although there are encountered problems to the drug actions in either single layer or several layers of cells and linked extracellular protein, the plasma membrane blocks many drug distribution processes ^{2, 12}.

The response to a drug taken measurably is highly determined on the drug concentration at the action site. In common situations, one cannot measure concentration of a drug at the actual site of action. Rather, drug concentrations are quantified in an easily accessible site that is presumed to be in equilibrium with the action site ^{2, 12}.

Blood acts as the most frequently sampled fluid utilized for characterization of drug pharmacokinetics. Concentration of drugs in the blood is the sum of several processes. At first, visual characterization of the processes determining the blood concentration can be done by construction of a drug concentration versus time profile ^{2, 14}.

One of the primary aims of pharmacokinetic models is to develop a mathematical method to define the relationship of drug concentration or amount in the body as a function of time. The pharmacokinetic model complexity will vary with the administration route, the extent and duration of distribution into various body fluids and tissues, the elimination processes and the intended pharmacokinetic model application ^{3}. Derivation of mathematical equations involving pharmacokinetic models is the aim of this research.

Kinetics Transport (Michaelis-Menten Equation):

The saturability for the rate of transport is achieved by passing through a cellular membrane by means of transporter-mediated mechanisms. The Michaelis-Menten equation shows the association among the flux, v, and drug concentration, C, in a transporter-mediated principle:

In which V_{max} indicates the maximum rate of transport (substrate flux) and is equivalent to the density of carriers on the cellular membrane, and Km serves as the Michaelis constant, which acts in concentration of drugs at which the flux is 50% of the V_{max} value. From the intermediate complex, Km shows an estimation of the dissociation constant to its substrate. In comparing drug concentration, C, with the Km value, the flux is augmented consistent to the drug concentration (approximately linear with drug concentration) ^{2, 11}.

**A.Rate Processes:**

After drug administration, the therapeutic chemical is fated to a series of pharmacokinetic mechanisms in which the rate illustrates the drug concentration in the indefinable domain known as ‘’target of action.’’ These ADME processes influence several pharmacological variables, namely, the onset of action, duration and intensity of therapeutic response. Learning these rate principles is essential for a better understanding of the monitored pharmacological activity f the administered drug ^{4, 6, 7, 8, 13}.

### B. 1 Zero Order Reaction:

Zero-order rate processes are mostly observed when an enzyme or transport system becomes saturated and the rate process becomes constant and cannot be augmented by an increment in the drug concentration. Zero-order rate processes are common in constant-rate intravenous infusions and prolonged-release dosage forms ^{3}.

Zero-order processes can be applied and utilized in several pharmaceutical practices which include hospital application for intravenous infusion, drug synthesis and formulation using controlled release dosage forms as its model and drug administration through transdermal drug delivery systems ^{4, 6, 7, 8}.

### B.2 First Order Reaction:

If the drug amount in the body is transformed to a metabolite at a rate that is a constant fraction of the drug amount in the body, the biotransformation of drug to metabolite is said to be a first-order reaction ^{3}.

First-order elimination is highly important in pharmacokinetics since the majority of therapeutic drugs are cleared by this process. The drug clearance is commonly called ‘’biological half-life’’ of a drug. At a time after a drug is given, when equilibrium has been reached, parameters such as the time (h, min, day, etc.) at which the mass (or amount) of unchanged drug becomes half (or 50%) of the initial mass of drug define biological half-life ^{4, 6, 7, 8}.

The enzymatic process for drug biotransformation may be explained by the equation below:

in which E indicates the enzyme and C stands for drug concentration. In order to yield a drug-enzyme intermediate, the drug interacts with an enzyme. Then, a metabolite is generated when the formed intermediate complex is further processed, upon the liberation of the enzyme. The liberated enzyme travels back to interact again with more drug molecules. The drug product concentration at a specific rate of time is equal to the product of third rate constant (K_{3}) and the intermediate complex, which is now designated as v, or the transport rate. This equation is expressed below:

In this enzymatic process, bound and unbound enzymes are present in the system. Hence, total enzymes present in the interaction are noted as E_{T}. Thus, the ratio of the total enzymes and the sum of bound and unbound enzymes with respect to the intermediate complex is exhibited below:

Upon rearrangement, the equation is expressed as:

Since, the process of enzymatic metabolism of drugs can be depicted by the equation below:

Upon rearrangement, the equation above is expressed as:

Let K_{m} (Michaelis constant) be the new constant for the equation below:

Hence, upon incorporation of the new constant, the developed equation is depicted as:

Upon rearrangement, Michaelis-Menten equation is formed and shown below:

**Fig. 1: Pharmacokinetic Model (Source: Gennaro, A., 2001. Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, 20 ^{th} edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.)**

Various pharmacokinetic models use determinants that are similar to rate constants in chemical kinetics. The chemical process reaction rate is the velocity with which the reaction occurs. Thus, if the amount of drug A is decreasing with respect to time (that is, the reaction is going from an area of high concentration to an area of lower concentration), then the reaction rate can be expressed by this general formula:

For zero-order reaction, if the amount of drug A is decreasing at a constant time interval t, then the rate of disappearance of drug A is expressed as ^{5, 9}:

Upon rearrangement leading to integration, the equation is now expressed as ^{5, 9}:

Upon integration, the reaction yields to ^{5, 9}:

Thus, upon rearrangement, where c is the is the amount of drug A in respect to time [A]_{t} and a is the amount of drug A at t = 0, the known equation is expressed below ^{5, 9}:

Hence, the equation given for zero-order kinetics can be plotted on an A versus t and can be graphed as shown in **Fig. 2**. The drug concentration versus time plot below exhibits linear relationship between the two (2) variables in which drug concentration is independent with elimination rate. Hence, drug concentration does not affect the rate of excretion and the rate of elimination is constant.

**FIG.2: ****ZERO-ORDER KINETICS PLOT ^{10}**

** **In first order reaction, if the quantity of drug A is moving at a declining rate that is equivalent to the quantity of drug A that exists, then the disappearance rate of drug A can be shown as:

Upon rearrangement for integration, the reaction is now depicted as ^{5, 9}:

After integration, the equation generates to ^{5, 9}:

Upon rearrangement and substitution of values, the known equation is formed and is expressed as ^{5}:

Thus, if the equation is plotted as A versus t, the graph is exhibited in **Fig.3**. The graph below shows a linear relationship after deriving the first order reaction by the logarithm of drug concentration against time. Hence, constant fraction of drug is excreted per unit time. Thus, half-life is constant regardless of the concentration of drug. Therefore, the linearity of the graph illustrates the proportionality between the elimination rate and drug concentration.

**FIG. 3: ****FIRST ORDER KINETICS PLOT ^{10}**

The half-life (t_{1/2}) is the time it takes for the plasma concentration to be reduced by 50%. Since it follows the first order reaction, the primary equation for half-life is shown below:

This equation is integrated and rearranged as depicted below ^{5, 9}:

Upon integration, half-life is obtained by the following equations ^{5, 9}:

Multi-compartment pharmacokinetic model is the development of mathematical method to explain the relationship of drug concentration in various compartments versus time. First and second order reactions follow the same general formula, hence, arriving at the same concentration plot (negative slope) after its mathematical integration. Elimination half-life can also be derived from the same general formula of first order reaction, since t_{1/2} is observed in this kind of order. Michaelis-menten equation can be derived from the enzymatic process of drug metabolism. Hence, the mentioned principles are aligned with human reactions through mathematical development. This research suggests for application in formulation of various dosage forms. In addition to that, included principles may be used in clinical monitoring of patients. Furthermore, other theories may also be studied for possible development of equation.

**ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:** This study would like to recognize the efforts done by my professors in teaching various subject disciplines.

**CONFLICTS OF INTEREST:** The author declares no conflict of interest.

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**How to cite this article:**Llarena ZM: Pharmacokinetic derivation of rates and orders of reactions in multi-compartment model using matlab. Int J Pharm Sci Res 2016; 7(11): 4456-60.doi: 10.13040/IJPSR.0975-8232.7(11).4456-60.

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