New dimersions in Gompertzian growth

Željko ̌ Bajzer, Stanimir Vuk Pavlovič

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Abstract

The Gompertz function was formulated to represent an actuarial curve, yet it often fits growth of organisms, organs and tumors. Despite numerous attempts, no consensus has been forged about the biological foundation of the broad applicability of the model. Here we revisit the Gompertzian notion of the "power to grow" and equate it with growth fraction. Aside from conferring biological interpretability to the model, this approach allows a conceptual separation of the growth fraction term from the kinetic term in the model, leading to the possibility of exploring the behavior of Gompertzian growth with fractal kinetics. Significantly, we found that empirical models such as the logistic model, the von Bertalanffy model and the von Bertalanffy-Richards model, together with the originative Gompertz model, are special cases of Gompertzian growth in fractal space. This finding permits an analysis of the growth kinetics of tumors which might affect model-based design of chemotherapy protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Theoretical Medicine
Volume2
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

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Keywords

  • Fractal kinetics
  • Gompertz formula
  • Growth
  • Growth fraction
  • Tumors

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Bajzer, Ž. ., & Pavlovič, S. V. (2000). New dimersions in Gompertzian growth. Journal of Theoretical Medicine, 2(4), 307-315.

New dimersions in Gompertzian growth. / Bajzer, Željko ̌; Pavlovič, Stanimir Vuk.

In: Journal of Theoretical Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2000, p. 307-315.

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Bajzer, Ž & Pavlovič, SV 2000, 'New dimersions in Gompertzian growth', Journal of Theoretical Medicine, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 307-315.
Bajzer Ž, Pavlovič SV. New dimersions in Gompertzian growth. Journal of Theoretical Medicine. 2000;2(4):307-315.
Bajzer, Željko ̌ ; Pavlovič, Stanimir Vuk. / New dimersions in Gompertzian growth. In: Journal of Theoretical Medicine. 2000 ; Vol. 2, No. 4. pp. 307-315.
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