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Type: Conference paper
Title: Modeling development and disease in our "second" brain
Author: Landman, K.
Binder, B.
Newgreen, D.
Citation: Cellular Automata: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Cellular Automata for Research and Industry, held in Santorini Island, Greece, 24-27 September, 2012 / G.Ch. Sirakoulis and S. Bandini (eds.), pp.405-414
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Publisher Place: Germany
Issue Date: 2012
Series/Report no.: Lecture Notes in Computer Science; 7495
ISBN: 9783642333491
ISSN: 0302-9743
Conference Name: International Conference on Cellular Automata for Research and Industry (10th : 2012 : Santorini Island, Greece)
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Kerry A. Landman, Benjamin J. Binder and Donald F. Newgreen
Abstract: The enteric nervous system (ENS) in our gastrointestinal tract, nicknamed the “second brain”, is responsible for normal gut function and peristaltic contraction. Embryonic development of the ENS involves the colonization of the gut wall from one end to the other by a population of proliferating neural crest (NC) cells. Failure of these cells to invade the whole gut results in the relatively common, potentially fatal condition known as Hirschsprung disease (HSCR). Cellular automata models provide insight into the colonization process at both the individual cell-level and population-level. Our models generated experimentally testable predictions, which have subsequently been confirmed. The model results imply that HSCR is chiefly a NC cell proliferation defect and not, as previously thought, a NC cell motility defect. These results have important implications for HSCR; namely stochastic effects can determine success or failure of the colonization process for a certain range of NC cell proliferation rates.
Keywords: Cellular automata; motility; proliferation; frontal expansion; stochastic; Hirschsprung disease
Rights: © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
RMID: 0020127637
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33350-7_42
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