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Journal of Mathematical Biology

Mark Broom, Michal Johanis, Jan Rychtář
In the "producer-scrounger" model, a producer discovers a resource and is in turn discovered by a second individual, the scrounger, who attempts to steal it. This resource can be food or a territory, and in some situations, potentially divisible. In a previous paper we considered a producer and scrounger competing for an indivisible resource, where each individual could choose the level of energy that they would invest in the contest. The higher the investment, the higher the probability of success, but also the higher the costs incurred in the contest...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Frank Ball, David Sirl
This paper is concerned with the analysis of vaccination strategies in a stochastic susceptible [Formula: see text] infected [Formula: see text] removed model for the spread of an epidemic amongst a population of individuals with a random network of social contacts that is also partitioned into households. Under various vaccine action models, we consider both household-based vaccination schemes, in which the way in which individuals are chosen for vaccination depends on the size of the households in which they reside, and acquaintance vaccination, which targets individuals of high degree in the social network...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Odo Diekmann, Mats Gyllenberg, J A J Metz, Shinji Nakaoka, André M de Roos
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June 19, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Danielle Hilhorst, Yong-Jung Kim, Dohyun Kwon, Thanh Nam Nguyen
The effect of dispersal under heterogeneous environment is studied in terms of the singular limit of an Allen-Cahn equation. Since biological organisms often slow down their dispersal if food is abundant, a food metric diffusion is taken to include such a phenomenon. The migration effect of the problem is approximated by a mean curvature flow after taking the singular limit which now includes an advection term produced by the spatial heterogeneity of food distribution. It is shown that the interface moves towards a local maximum of the food distribution...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
K T Huber, V Moulton, M Steel
Trees with labelled leaves and with all other vertices of degree three play an important role in systematic biology and other areas of classification. A classical combinatorial result ensures that such trees can be uniquely reconstructed from the distances between the leaves (when the edges are given any strictly positive lengths). Moreover, a linear number of these pairwise distance values suffices to determine both the tree and its edge lengths. A natural set of pairs of leaves is provided by any 'triplet cover' of the tree (based on the fact that each non-leaf vertex is the median vertex of three leaves)...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Andreas Buttenschön, Thomas Hillen, Alf Gerisch, Kevin J Painter
Cellular adhesion provides one of the fundamental forms of biological interaction between cells and their surroundings, yet the continuum modelling of cellular adhesion has remained mathematically challenging. In 2006, Armstrong et al. proposed a mathematical model in the form of an integro-partial differential equation. Although successful in applications, a derivation from an underlying stochastic random walk has remained elusive. In this work we develop a framework by which non-local models can be derived from a space-jump process...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Hamadjam Abboubakar, Jean Claude Kamgang, Leontine Nkague Nkamba, Daniel Tieudjo
In this paper, we derive and analyse a model for the control of arboviral diseases which takes into account an imperfect vaccine combined with some other control measures already studied in the literature. We begin by analysing the basic model without control. We prove the existence of two disease-free equilibrium points and the possible existence of up to two endemic equilibrium points (where the disease persists in the population). We show the existence of a transcritical bifurcation and a possible saddle-node bifurcation and explicitly derive threshold conditions for both, including defining the basic reproduction number, [Formula: see text], which provides whether the disease can persist in the population or not...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Donald A Dawson
A class of measure-valued processes which model multilevel multitype populations undergoing mutation, selection, genetic drift and spatial migration is considered. We investigate the qualitative behaviour of models with multilevel selection and the interaction between the different levels of selection. The basic tools in our analysis include the martingale problem formulation for measure-valued processes and a generalization of the function-valued and set-valued dual representations introduced in Dawson-Greven (Spatial Fleming-Viot models with selection and mutation...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Abid Ali Lashari, Pieter Trapman
We study the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other infectious diseases on a dynamic network by using a branching process approach. The nodes in the network represent the sexually active individuals, while connections represent sexual partnerships. This network is dynamic as partnerships are formed and broken over time and individuals enter and leave the sexually active population due to demography. We assume that individuals enter the sexually active network with a random number of partners, chosen according to a suitable distribution and that the maximal number of partners that an individual can have at a time is finite...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Bo Zheng, Moxun Tang, Jianshe Yu, Junxiong Qiu
Mosquitoes are primary vectors of life-threatening diseases such as dengue, malaria, and Zika. A new control method involves releasing mosquitoes carrying bacterium Wolbachia into the natural areas to infect wild mosquitoes and block disease transmission. In this work, we use differential equations to describe Wolbachia spreading dynamics, focusing on the poorly understood effect of imperfect maternal transmission. We establish two useful identities and employ them to prove that the system exhibits monomorphic, bistable, and polymorphic dynamics, and give sufficient and necessary conditions for each case...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Sebastien Motsch, Diane Peurichard
We investigate the large time behavior of an agent based model describing tumor growth. The microscopic model combines short-range repulsion and cell division. As the number of cells increases exponentially in time, the microscopic model is challenging in terms of computational time. To overcome this problem, we aim at deriving the associated macroscopic dynamics leading here to a porous media type equation. As we are interested in the long time behavior of the dynamics, the macroscopic equation obtained through usual derivation method fails at providing the correct qualitative behavior (e...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Martin Pontz, Josef Hofbauer, Reinhard Bürger
Two-locus two-allele models are among the most studied models in population genetics. The reason is that they are the simplest models to explore the role of epistasis for a variety of important evolutionary problems, including the maintenance of polymorphism and the evolution of genetic incompatibilities. Many specific types of models have been explored. However, due to the mathematical complexity arising from the fact that epistasis generates linkage disequilibrium, few general insights have emerged. Here, we study a simpler problem by assuming that linkage disequilibrium can be ignored...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Kuan-Wei Chen, Kang-Ling Liao, Chih-Wen Shih
Somitogenesis is the process for the development of somites in vertebrate embryos. This process is timely regulated by synchronous oscillatory expression of the segmentation clock genes. Mathematical models expressed by delay equations or ODEs have been proposed to depict the kinetics of these genes in interacting cells. Through mathematical analysis, we investigate the parameter regimes for synchronous oscillations and oscillation-arrested in an ODE model and a model with transcriptional and translational delays, both with Michaelis-Menten type degradations...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
José A Cuesta, Gustav W Delius, Richard Law
The Sheldon spectrum describes a remarkable regularity in aquatic ecosystems: the biomass density as a function of logarithmic body mass is approximately constant over many orders of magnitude. While size-spectrum models have explained this phenomenon for assemblages of multicellular organisms, this paper introduces a species-resolved size-spectrum model to explain the phenomenon in unicellular plankton. A Sheldon spectrum spanning the cell-size range of unicellular plankton necessarily consists of a large number of coexisting species covering a wide range of characteristic sizes...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Dan Wilson, Bard Ermentrout
The applicability of phase models is generally limited by the constraint that the dynamics of a perturbed oscillator must stay near its underlying periodic orbit. Consequently, external perturbations must be sufficiently weak so that these assumptions remain valid. Using the notion of isostables of periodic orbits to provide a simplified coordinate system from which to understand the dynamics transverse to a periodic orbit, we devise a strategy to correct for changing phase dynamics for locations away from the limit cycle...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Timothy Chumley, Ozgur Aydogmus, Anastasios Matzavinos, Alexander Roitershtein
We study stochastic evolutionary game dynamics in a population of finite size. Individuals in the population are divided into two dynamically evolving groups. The structure of the population is formally described by a Wright-Fisher type Markov chain with a frequency dependent fitness. In a strong selection regime that favors one of the two groups, we obtain qualitatively matching lower and upper bounds for the fixation probability of the advantageous population. In the infinite population limit we obtain an exact result showing that a single advantageous mutant can invade an infinite population with a positive probability...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Sze-Bi Hsu, King-Yeung Lam, Feng-Bin Wang
This paper presents a PDE system modeling the growth of a single species population consuming inorganic carbon that is stored internally in a poorly mixed habitat. Inorganic carbon takes the forms of "CO2" (dissolved CO2 and carbonic acid) and "CARB" (bicarbonate and carbonate ions), which are substitutable in their effects on algal growth. We first establish a threshold type result on the extinction/persistence of the species in terms of the sign of a principal eigenvalue associated with a nonlinear eigenvalue problem...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Fabio A C C Chalub, Max O Souza
This work is a systematic study of discrete Markov chains that are used to describe the evolution of a two-types population. Motivated by results valid for the well-known Moran (M) and Wright-Fisher (WF) processes, we define a general class of Markov chains models which we term the Kimura class. It comprises the majority of the models used in population genetics, and we show that many well-known results valid for M and WF processes are still valid in this class. In all Kimura processes, a mutant gene will either fixate or become extinct, and we present a necessary and sufficient condition for such processes to have the probability of fixation strictly increasing in the initial frequency of mutants...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
U A Rozikov
We define a DNA as a sequence of [Formula: see text]'s and embed it on a path of Cayley tree. Using group representation of the Cayley tree, we give a hierarchy of a countable set of DNAs each of which 'lives' on the same Cayley tree. This hierarchy has property that each vertex of the Cayley tree belongs only to one of DNA. Then we give a model (energy, Hamiltonian) of this set of DNAs by an analogue of Ising model with three spin values (considered as DNA base pairs) on a set of admissible configurations...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Brittany Stephenson, Cristina Lanzas, Suzanne Lenhart, Judy Day
The spore-forming, gram-negative bacteria Clostridium difficile can cause severe intestinal illness. A striking increase in the number of cases of C. difficile infection (CDI) among hospitals has highlighted the need to better understand how to prevent the spread of CDI. In our paper, we modify and update a compartmental model of nosocomial C. difficile transmission to include vaccination. We then apply optimal control theory to determine the time-varying optimal vaccination rate that minimizes a combination of disease prevalence and spread in the hospital population as well as cost, in terms of time and money, associated with vaccination...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
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