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Mathematical Modeling of Within-Host Dynamics of Toxoplasma Gondii

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Adam Sullivan, Xiaopeng Zhao, Chunlei Su

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Paper No. DSCC2011-6133, pp. 527-529; 3 pages
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, Volume 2
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, October 31–November 2, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5476-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan capable of replicating sexually in cats and asexually in other warm-blooded animals. By using a three dimensional mesh of both the brain and spleen, it is possible to simulate using a computational model to demonstrate the entire life-cycle within an intermediate host of the parasite as it completes the life-cycle using host cells of these organs. A cellular automata model is developed to demonstrate the dynamics of the parasite, where each cell follows the same set of rules for each discrete time-step. This cellular automata model allows for data simulations to be run of the parasite within a mouse and display graphical images and animations.

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