Frequency response method in pharmacokinetics

  • Ladislav Dedík
  • Mária Ďurišová


The paper presents the demonstration of applicability of the frequency response method in a bioavailability study. The frequency response method, common in system engineering, is based on an approximation of the frequency response of a linear dynamic system, calculated from input-output measurements, by a frequency model of the system transfer function in the frequency domain. In general, the influence of the system structure on the form of the system frequency response is much more distinct than on the form of the system output. This is of great advantage in modeling the system frequency response instead of the system output, commonly used in pharmacokinetics. After a brief theoretical section, the method is demonstrated on the estimation of the rate and extent of gentamicin bioavailability after intratracheal administration to guinea pigs. The optimal frequency model of the system describing the gentamicin pathway into the systemic circulation and point estimates of its parameters were selected by the approximation of the system frequency response in the frequency domain, using a noniterative algorithm. Two similar estimates of the system weighting function were independently obtained: the weighting function of the selected frequency model and the weighting function estimated by the numerical deconvolution procedure. Neither of the estimates of the weighting function does decrease monotonously after the maximum of about 2.2–2.5 unit of dose·hr−1 recorded approximately 0.1 hr after drug administration. Both estimates show a marked additional peak approximately at 0.3 hr after administration and possible peaks in the further time period. We hypothesized that the loop found in the frequency response calculated and in the selected optimal frequency model, the high-order of this model, and several peaks identified in the estimates of the system weighting function indicated the complexity of the system and the presence of time delays. Three estimates of the extent of gentamicin intratracheal bioavailability obtained by the three different ways: directly from the calculated frequency response, calculated using the selected frequency model, and by the deconvolution method were 0.950, 0.934, and 0.907 respectively. Thus the conclusion can be made that gentamicin injected intratracheally to guinea pigs is almost completely available.

Key Words

linear dynamic system frequency response frequency response method weighting function bioavailability gentamicin 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ladislav Dedík
    • 1
  • Mária Ďurišová
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringSlovak Technical UniversityBratislavaSlovak Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Experimental PharmacologySlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovak Republic

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