J. Phys. I France
Volume 2, Numéro 7, July 1992
Page(s) 1353 - 1360
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1992107
J. Phys. I France 2 (1992) 1353-1360

A continum analysis of cellular growth for a model of immune response relevant to HIV infection

R. B. Pandey

The Program in Scientific Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern Mississipi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, U.S.A.

(Received 9 March 1992, accepted 17 March 1992)

A continuum approach is proposed to study the population dynamics of an immune response model relevant to HIV infections. Effects of dysfunction of the helper/inducer T cells are taken into account by a failure probability p of interleukins. Using the numerical analysis of the inhomogeneous coupled differential equations, it is shown that the incubation time for the viral growth can be increased by reducing the failure probability p. Despite the differences, both the continuum and discrete methods lead to a common result.

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