A simplified Keller-Segel model for the chemotactic movements of cellular slime mold is reconsidered. In particular, we ask for the circumstances under which the cell distribution can autonomously develop a δ-function singularity. By the use of suitable differential inequalities, we show that this cannot happen in the case of one-dimensional aggregation. For three or more dimensions, we produce time developments which do become singular, while in the important special case of two-dimensional motion, we advance arguments that the possibility of chemotactic collapse requires a threshold number of cells in the system.
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- Statistics and Probability
- Modeling and Simulation
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Applied Mathematics