Spiral Waves And Streaming In Slime Mold

Tuesday, September 15, 1998 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Keller 3-180
John Dallon (Heriot-Watt University)
In the widely studied slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, starvation initiates a complex process of aggregation and cell differentiation. Several features are typically exhibited during the aggregation stage, when cells are chemotactically sensitive to cAMP, including streams of cells aggregating towards a center and either target or spiral patterns of moving cells. In this talk I will describe a model which treats the cells as discrete entities in a continuum background of cAMP. Model simulations which reproduce the typical phenomena and shed light on the different patterns observed will be discussed.