A Mathematical Model of Integrin-Mediated Haptotactic Cell Migration

Mallet, Daniel G. & Pettet, Graeme J. (2006) A Mathematical Model of Integrin-Mediated Haptotactic Cell Migration. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 68(2), pp. 231-253.

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Haptotactic cell migration, a directed response to gradients of cell— extracellular matrix adhesion, is an important process in a number of biological phenomena such as wound healing and tumour cell invasion. Previously, mathematical models of haptotaxis have been developed on the premise that cells migrate in response to gradients in the density of the extracellular matrix. In this paper, we develop a novel mathematical model of haptotaxis which includes the adhesion receptors known as integrins and a description of their functional activation, local recruitment and protrusion as part of lamellipodia. Through the inclusion of integrins, the modelled cell matter is able to respond to a true gradient of cell–matrix adhesion, represented by functionally active integrins. We also show that previous matrix-mediated models are in fact a subset of the novel integrinmediated models, characterised by specific choices of diffusion and haptotaxis coefficients in their model equations. Numerical solutions suggest the existence of travelling waves of cell migration that are confirmed via a phase plane analysis of a simplified model.

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ID Code: 5203
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Haptotaxis, Cell migration, Integrin, Travelling waves, Wall of singularities, mathematical biology
DOI: 10.1007/s11538-005-9032-1
ISSN: 1522-9602
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Biological Mathematics (010202)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:21

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