A virtual look at Epstein-Barr virus infection: simulation mechanism.

Citation:

Shapiro M, Duca KA, Lee K, Delgado-Eckert E, Hawkins J, Jarrah AS, Laubenbacher R, Polys NF, Hadinoto V, Thorley-Lawson DA. A virtual look at Epstein-Barr virus infection: simulation mechanism. J Theor Biol. 2008;252 (4) :633-48.

Date Published:

2008 Jun 21

Abstract:

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is an important human pathogen that establishes a life-long persistent infection and for which no precise animal model exists. In this paper, we describe in detail an agent-based model and computer simulation of EBV infection. Agents representing EBV and sets of B and T lymphocytes move and interact on a three-dimensional grid approximating Waldeyer's ring, together with abstract compartments for lymph and blood. The simulation allows us to explore the development and resolution of virtual infections in a manner not possible in actual human experiments. Specifically, we identify parameters capable of inducing clearance, persistent infection, or death.