Strong-coupling dynamics of a multicellular chemotactic system

R Grima*

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Chemical signaling is one of the ubiquitous mechanisms by which intercellular communication takes place at the microscopic level, particularly via chemotaxis. Such multicellular systems are popularly studied using continuum, mean-field equations. In this Letter we study a stochastic model of chemotactic signaling. The Langevin formalism of the model makes it amenable to calculation via nonperturbative analysis, which enables a quantification of the effect of fluctuations on both the weak and the strongly coupled biological dynamics. In particular, we show that the (i) self-localization due to autochemotaxis is impossible. (ii) When aggregation occurs, the aggregate performs a random walk with a renormalized diffusion coefficient D-R proportional to epsilon(-2)N(-3). (iii) The stochastic model exhibits sharp transitions in cell motile behavior for negative chemotaxis, behavior that has no parallel in the mean-field Keller-Segel equations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number128103
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2005




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