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Biosystems. 1994;33(3):177-92.

Transitions of latency time and oscillation phase on parameter surfaces from models of intracellular calcium ion dynamics.

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Department of Zoology, University of Texas, Austin 78712.


The dynamics of two classical elementary compartmental models stimulating intracellular calcium ion oscillatory behavior are examined in terms of parameter surfaces. It has been found that, along certain lines of instability on surfaces defined by model parameters, the highly non-linear nature of these models produces sharp transitions in the latency time which determines the phase of oscillations once they commence. This sensitivity to initial conditions in deterministic models, along with the stochastic variance inevitably present in actual biological systems, illustrates how two seemingly identical cells activated by identical synchronous stimulation can exhibit oscillatory responses which are out of phase with respect to each other.

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