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Single-Cell-Based Models in Biology and Medicine

Edited By: Alexander R.A Anderson, Mark Chaplain and Katarzyna A Rejniak

349 pages, 126 illus

Birkhäuser Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2007 | #172151 | ISBN-13: 9783764381011
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To adequately describe complex spatio-temporal processes that occur in multi-cellular organisms, a class of models is required that simultaneously takes into account differences between individual cells as well as their ability to communicate and interact with one another and their environment. Single-cell-based models form a framework that allows for the explicit incorporation of different properties of individual cells, but at the same time enables all cells to act together as one collective body. This leads ultimately to more biologically realistic models of heterogeneous tissues and multi-cellular organisms and allows for a better understanding of the principles underlying the complex biological processes occurring during the formation, growth and maintenance of multi-cellular bodies.

The aim of this book is to assemble a collection of different mathematical and computational models and techniques that focus on individual cells, cell processes and cell behaviour, that are also suitable to address problems on the multi-cellular or tissue scale.


A Hybrid Multiscale Model of Tumour Invasion: Evolution and the Microenvironment.- Lattice-gas Cellular Automaton Modelling of Developing Cell Systems.- Two-dimensional Multiscale Model of Cell Motion in a Chemotactic Field.- Magnetization to Morphogenesis: A Brief History of the Glazier-Graner-Hogeweg Model.- The Cellular Potts Model and Biophysical Properties of Cells, Tissues and Morphogenesis.- The Cellular Potts Model in Biomedicine.- The Glazier-Graner-Hogeweg Model: Extensions, Future Directions, and Opportunities for Further Study.- Center-based Single-cell Models: An Approach to Multi-cellular Organization Based on a Conceptual Analogy to Colloidal Particles.- Models with Lattice-free Center-based Cells Interacting with Continuum Environment Variables.- Modeling Multicellular Structures Using the Subcellular Element Model.- Cell-based Models of Blood Clotting.- A 3-D Deformable Ellipsoidal Cell Model with Cell Adhesion and Signaling.- Modelling Development of Complex Tissues using Individual Viscoelastic Cells.

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