Compartmental analysis was used to study the hepatobiliary transport of taurocholate (TC) in the rat in vivo. The available data are the following: [14C]TC kinetics in blood and bile, weighting factors associated with these data and computed from a theoretical variability model, and TC excretion rate in bile. The lumped model that best fits the data contains five compartments: three compartments for TC distribution in blood and two compartments for the liver. It includes a compartmental representation of the laminar flow of bile in the collecting catheter. This model overestimates TC concentration in blood. A perfusion model that includes a compartment representing explicitly the sinusoidal TC concentration gradient was developed. TC concentration in blood estimated by this model is in good agreement with direct measurements, showing that the perfused model has a better descriptive capacity than the lumped model. The amounts of TC estimated in the two hepatic compartments are similar to values previously published.
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