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PLoS One. 2011;6(8):e22228. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022228. Epub 2011 Aug 9.

Kinetic theory approach to modeling of cellular repair mechanisms under genome stress.

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College of Information Science and Technology, Donghua University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.

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  • PLoS One. 2011;6(9). doi: 10.1371/annotation/7a803b23-f447-4676-a795-8b1b54f4d95d.


Under acute perturbations from outer environment, a normal cell can trigger cellular self-defense mechanism in response to genome stress. To investigate the kinetics of cellular self-repair process at single cell level further, a model of DNA damage generating and repair is proposed under acute Ion Radiation (IR) by using mathematical framework of kinetic theory of active particles (KTAP). Firstly, we focus on illustrating the profile of Cellular Repair System (CRS) instituted by two sub-populations, each of which is made up of the active particles with different discrete states. Then, we implement the mathematical framework of cellular self-repair mechanism, and illustrate the dynamic processes of Double Strand Breaks (DSBs) and Repair Protein (RP) generating, DSB-protein complexes (DSBCs) synthesizing, and toxins accumulating. Finally, we roughly analyze the capability of cellular self-repair mechanism, cellular activity of transferring DNA damage, and genome stability, especially the different fates of a certain cell before and after the time thresholds of IR perturbations that a cell can tolerate maximally under different IR perturbation circumstances.

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