7-11 July 2014
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
<a href="http://events.saip.org.za/internalPage.py?pageId=16&confId=34"><font color=#0000ff>SAIP2014 Proceedings published on 17 April 2015</font></a>

Wave Instability of Intercellular Ca(2+) Oscillations

9 Jul 2014, 17:10
1h 50m
D Ring ground level

D Ring ground level

Board: F.38
Poster Presentation Track F - Applied Physics Poster2


Dr Conrad Bertrand TABI (University of Stellenbosch)

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Modulational instability is exclusively addressed in a minimal model for calcium oscillations in cells. The cells are considered to be coupled through paracrine signaling. The endoplasmic recticulum and cytosolic Ca (2+) equations are reduced to a single differential-difference amplitude equation. The linear stability analysis of a plane wave is performed on the latter and the paracrine coupling parameter is shown to deeply influence the instability features. Our analytical expectations are confirmed by numerical simulations, as instability regions give rise to unstable Ca(2+)-wave patterns. We also discuss the possibility of perfect intercellular communication via the activation of modulational instability.

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Dr Conrad Bertrand TABI (University of Stellenbosch)

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