Spatial and Non-spatial Stochastic Models for Immune Response

R.B. Schinazi, J. Schweinsberg

2008, v.14, Issue 2, 255-276


We propose both spatial and non-spatial stochastic models for pathogen dynamics in the presence of an immune response. One of our spatial models shows that, at least in theory, a pathogen may escape the immune system thanks to its high mutation probability alone. While one of our non-spatial models also exhibits this behavior, another behaves quite differently from the corresponding spatial model.

Keywords: mutation,immune system,branching process,spatial stochastic model,contact process


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