A Novel Averaging Principle Provides Insights in the Impact of Intratumoral Heterogeneity on Tumor Progression
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractTypically stochastic differential equations (SDEs) involve an additive or multiplicative noise term. Here, we are interested in stochastic differential equations for which the white noise is nonlinearly integrated into the corresponding evolution term, typically termed as random ordinary differential equations (RODEs). The classical averaging methods fail to treat such RODEs. Therefore, we introduce a novel averaging method appropriate to be applied to a specific class of RODEs. To exemplify the importance of our method, we apply it to an important biomedical problem, in particular, we implement the method to the assessment of intratumoral heterogeneity impact on tumor dynamics. Precisely, we model gliomas according to a well-known Go or Grow (GoG) model, and tumor heterogeneity is modeled as a stochastic process. It has been shown that the corresponding deterministic GoG model exhibits an emerging Allee effect (bistability). In contrast, we analytically and computationally show that the introduction of white noise, as a model of intratumoral heterogeneity, leads to monostable tumor growth. This monostability behavior is also derived even when spatial cell diffusion is taken into account.
CitationHatzikirou H, Kavallaris NI, Leocata M. A Novel Averaging Principle Provides Insights in the Impact of Intratumoral Heterogeneity on Tumor Progression. Mathematics. 2021; 9(20):2530. https://doi.org/10.3390/math9202530
DescriptionFrom MDPI via Jisc Publications Router
History: accepted 2021-09-14, pub-electronic 2021-10-09
Publication status: Published
Funder: Mic2Mode-I2T; Grant(s): 01ZX1710B, 01ZX1308D, 01ZX1707C, 031L0085B, ZT-I- 392 0010, 96 732