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A multiple time-scale computational model of a tumor and its micro environment.
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PMID:  23311365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Experimental evidence suggests that a tumor's environment may be critical to designing successful therapeutic protocols: Modeling interactions between a tumor and its environment could improve our understanding of tumor growth and inform approaches to treatment. This paper describes an efficient, flexible, hybrid cellular automaton-based implementation of numerical solutions to multiple time-scale reaction-diffusion equations, applied to a model of tumor proliferation. The growth and maintenance of cells in our simulation depend on the rate of cellular energy (ATP) metabolized from nearby nutrients such as glucose and oxygen. Nutrient consumption rates are functions of local pH as well as local concentrations of oxygen and other fuels. The diffusion of these nutrients is modeled using a novel variation of random-walk techniques. Furthermore, we detail the effects of three boundary update rules on simulations, describing their effects on computational efficiency and biological realism. Qualitative and quantitative results from simulations provide insight on how tumor growth is affected by various environmental changes such as micro-vessel density or lower pH, both of high interest in current cancer research.
Christopher Dubois; Jesse Farnham; Eric Aaron; Ami Radunskaya
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Mathematical biosciences and engineering : MBE     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1551-0018     ISO Abbreviation:  Math Biosci Eng     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101197794     Medline TA:  Math Biosci Eng     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of California, Irvine, Dept. of Statistics, School of Information and Computer Science, 3019 Bren Hall, Irvine, CA 92617-5100, United States.
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