Human organ/tissue growth algorithms that include obese individuals and black/white population organ weight similarities from autopsy data

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  • Physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models need the correct organ/tissue weights to match various total body weights in order to be applied to children and the obese individual. Baseline data from Reference Man for the growth of human organs (adrenals, brain, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, spleen, thymus, and thyroid) were augmented with autopsy data to extend the describing polynomials to include the morbidly obese individual (up to 250 kg). Additional literature data similarly extends the growth curves for blood volume, muscle, skin, and adipose tissue. Collectively these polynomials were used to calculate blood/organ/tissue weights for males and females from birth to 250 kg, which can be directly used to help parameterize PBPK models. In contrast to other black/white anthropomorphic measurements, the data demonstrated no observable or statistical difference in weights for any organ/tissue between individuals identified as black or white in the autopsy reports. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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  • Young JF; Luecke RH; Pearce BA; Lee T; Ahn H; Baek S; Moon H; Dye DW; Davis TM; Taylor SJ
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  • 527
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  • 540
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  • 72
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  • 8