Derivation and left ventricular pressure phase plane based validation of a time dependent isometric crossbridge attachment model

Wei Zhang, Charles S. Chung, Sándor J. Kovács

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Huxley's crossbridge attachment model predicts tension (contractile force) development in isometric (fixed length) cells using constant attachment and detachment rates. Alternative models incorporating time-varying calcium concentrations are complex (coupled linear differential equations) and use time-dependent inputs (calcium, elastance, etc.) to model multiple states. We hypothesize that by incorporating the known significant rise and fall in intracellular calcium, via either an asymmetric damped function or a symmetric Gaussian function, into a time-varying, rather than constant, attachment rate function, the Huxley model prediction for tension (i.e., chamber pressure) in isovolumic (isometric) non-ejecting beats will improve. To test the hypothesis that the time-dependent model-predicted (TDM) pressure fits the in vivo isometric (isovolumic) LV pressure phase-plane (PPP) contour better than the constant attachment rate predicted pressure, we used the TDM to fit non-ejecting, premature ventricular contraction (PVC) PPP contours in 6 subjects. Conventional model fit was poor (relative error 74.0% ±12.5%), while the asymmetric damped TDM rate function provided slight improvement relative to the conventional time-independent model (relative error 55.4%±9.8%). The symmetric Gaussian rate function TDM provided the best PPP fit to all non-ejecting beats tested (relative error 19.8%±4.8%). We conclude that approximating the lumped attachment rate via a time-varying, rather than constant, rate function generates a physiologically viable model of crossbridge behavior. The PPP provides the optimal arena for alternate mathematical formulation assessment of LVP contour prediction by time-dependent attachment rate functions and facilitates modeling of cardiac contraction and relaxation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-144
Number of pages13
JournalCardiovascular Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Crossbridge
  • Mathematical model
  • Pressure phase-plane


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