Nonlocal Adhesion Models for Microorganisms on Bounded Domains

Published in arXiv, 2019

Abstract: In 2006 Armstrong, Painter and Sherratt formulated a non-local differential equation model for cell-cell adhesion. For the one dimensional case we derive various types of adhesive, repulsive, and no-flux boundary bonditions. We prove local and global existence and uniqueness for the resulting integro-differential equations. In numerical simulations we consider adhesive, repulsive and neutral boundary conditions and we show that the solutions mimic known behavior of fluid adhesion to boundaries. In addition, we observe interior pattern formation due to cell-cell adhesion.

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