AiM  Vol.5 No.2 , February 2015
A Simulation for Flavivirus Infection Decoy Responses
Abstract: In this work, we discuss the development of simulation code for a model of the cross-reactive adaptive immune response seen in flavivirus infections. The model specifically addresses flavivirus pathogen virulence in G0 vs G1 cell states. The MHC-I upregulation of resting cells (G0 state) allows the T-cells generated for flavivirus peptide antigens to attack healthy cells also. The cells in G1 state are not upregulated as much and so virus hides in them and hence is propagated upon rupture. Hence, this type of model is referred to as a decoy model because the immune system is decoyed into preferentially recognizing the upregulated cells while the virus actively propagates in another small, but important, cell population. We show that the generic assumption of upregulation via a model which includes the G0/G1 differential upregulation leads to immunopathological consequences. We outline the details behind the simulation code decisions and provide some theoretical justification for our model of collateral damage and upregulation.
Cite this paper: Peterson, J. , Kesson, A. and King, N. (2015) A Simulation for Flavivirus Infection Decoy Responses. Advances in Microbiology, 5, 123-142. doi: 10.4236/aim.2015.52013.

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