Multiphysics Modelling of Membrane Electroporation in Irregularly Shaped Cells

L. Mescia, M.A. Chiapperino, P. Bia, C.M. Lamacchia, J. Gielis, D. Caratelli

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Abstract

Electroporation is a non-thermal electromagnetic phenomenon widely used in medical diseases treatment. Different mathematical models of electroporation have been proposed in literature to study pore evolution in biological membranes. This paper presents a nonlinear dispersive multiphysic model of electroporation in irregular shaped biological cells in which the spatial and temporal evolution of the pores size is taken into account. The model solves Maxwell and asymptotic Smoluchowski equations and it describes the dielectric dispersion of cell media using a Debye-based relationship. Furthermore, the irregular cell shape has been modeled using the Gielis superformula. Taking into account the cell in mitosis phase, the electroporation process has been studied comparing the numerical results pertaining the model with variable pore radius with those in which the pore radius is supposed constant. The numerical analysis has been performed exposing the biological cell to a rectangular electric pulse having duration of 10\ \mu\mathrm{s}. The obtained numerical results highlight considerable differences between the two different models underling the need to include into the numerical algorithm the differential equation modeling the spatial and time evolution of the pores size.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Spring, PIERS-Spring 2019 - Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages2992-2998
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728134031
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event2019 PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Spring, PIERS-Spring 2019 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 17 Jun 201920 Jun 2019

Conference

Conference2019 PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Spring, PIERS-Spring 2019
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period17/06/1920/06/19

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