Chaotic Behavior of a Model of the Hypothalamo-pituitary-gonad Axis in Man

Friday, February 19, 1999 - 9:30am - 10:00am
Keller 3-180
Bing-Zheng Liu (Northeast (Dongbei) Normal University)
We propose a nonlinear dynamical model for the pulsatile secretion of the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonad axis in man. The system of differential equations involves five variables--plasma concentrations of GnRH(LRH), LH, free testosterone, TEBG-bound testosterone and albumin-bound testosterone. The equations are solved by means of fourth-order Runge-Kutta method. The resulted time evolution curves, the bifurcation diagrams, the return maps and the Lyapunov exponents all strongly indicate that we have chaotic solutions. We believe chaotic solutions agree with the pulsatile pattern better than periodic solutions, and consistent with the excellent observations and analysis of Prank on parathyroid hormone. Some other results from the model, including basal concentrations, production rates and MCR, etc. also agree well with experimental results.