Modelling hematopoiesis in health and disease

Diogo Peixoto, David M Dingli, Jorge M. Pacheco

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Abstract

Hematopoiesis is the process responsible for maintaining the number of circulating blood cells that are undergoing continuous turnover. At the root of this process are the hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), that replicate slowly to self-renew and give rise to progeny cells that proceed along the path of differentiation. The process is complex, with the cells responding to a wide variety of cytokines and growth factors. We discuss the mathematics of hematopoiesis based on stochastic cell behavior. Multiple compartments are introduced to keep track of each cell division process and increasing differentiation. The same mathematical model that describes normal hematopoiesis across mammals as a stable steady state of a hierarchical stochastic process is also used to understand the detailed dynamics of various disorders both in humans and in animal models. The microecology of the multitude of cell lineages that constitute what we call troubled hematopoiesis evolves in time under mutation and selection, the paradigmatic components of Darwinian evolution. Thus, the present approach provides a novel perspective for looking at cancer progression and cure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1546-1557
Number of pages12
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling
Volume53
Issue number7-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

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Hematopoiesis
Health
Cells
Mammals
Cell
Stem cells
Random processes
Modeling
Animals
Blood
Mathematical models
Animal Model
Cytokines
Stem Cells
Cell Division
Growth Factors
Progression
Disorder
Stochastic Processes
Cancer

Keywords

  • Cancer modelling
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Somatic evolution of cancer
  • Stochastic processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Modelling hematopoiesis in health and disease. / Peixoto, Diogo; Dingli, David M; Pacheco, Jorge M.

In: Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 53, No. 7-8, 04.2011, p. 1546-1557.

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Peixoto, Diogo ; Dingli, David M ; Pacheco, Jorge M. / Modelling hematopoiesis in health and disease. In: Mathematical and Computer Modelling. 2011 ; Vol. 53, No. 7-8. pp. 1546-1557.
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