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Deterministic mathematical modelling for cancer chronotherapeutics: cell population dynamics and treatment optimisation

Jean Clairambault 1, 2 
1 BANG - Nonlinear Analysis for Biology and Geophysical flows
LJLL - Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Inria Paris-Rocquencourt
Abstract : Chronotherapeutics has been designed and used for more than twenty years as an effective treatment against cancer by a few teams around the world, among whom one of the first is Francis Lévi's at Paul-Brousse hospital (Villejuif, France), in application of circadian clock physiology to determine best infusion times within the 24-hour span for anticancer drug delivery. Mathematical models have been called in the last ten years to give a rational basis to such optimised treatments, for use in the laboratory and ultimately in the clinic. While actual clinical applications of the theoretical optimisation principles found have remained elusive so far to improve chronotherapeutic treatments in use, mathematical models provide proofs of concepts and tracks to be explored experimentally, to progress from theory to bedside. Starting from a simple ordinary differential equation model that allowed setting and numerically solving a drug delivery optimisation problem with toxicity constraints, this modelling enterprise has been extended to represent the division cycle in proliferating cell populations with different molecular targets, to allow for the representation of anticancer drug combinations that are used in clinical oncology. The main point to be made precise in such a therapeutic optimisation problem is to establish, here in the frame of circadian chronobiology, physiologically based differences between healthy and cancer cell populations in their responses to drugs. To this aim, clear biological evidence at the molecular level is still lacking, so that, starting from indirect observations at the experimental and clinical levels and from theoretical considerations on the model, speculations have been made, that will be exposed in this review of cancer chronotherapeutics models with the corresponding optimisation problems and their numerical solutions, to represent these differences between the two cell populations, with regard to circadian clock control.
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Jean Clairambault. Deterministic mathematical modelling for cancer chronotherapeutics: cell population dynamics and treatment optimisation. 2013. ⟨hal-00858032v2⟩



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