Agent based modeling of Treg-Teff cross regulation in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis

Marzio Pennisi, Abdul-Mateen Rajput, Luca Toldo, Francesco Pappalardo
2013 BMC Bioinformatics  
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of central nervous system that causes the removal of fatty myelin sheath from axons of the brain and spinal cord. Autoimmunity plays an important role in this pathology outcome and body's own immune system attacks on the myelin sheath causing the damage. The etiology of the disease is partially understood and the response to treatment cannot easily be predicted. Results: We presented the results obtained using 8 genetically predisposed randomly chosen
more » ... uals reproducing both the absence and presence of malfunctions of the Teff-Treg cross-balancing mechanisms at a local level. For simulating the absence of a local malfunction we supposed that both Teff and Treg populations had similar maximum duplication rates. Results presented here suggest that presence of a genetic predisposition is not always a sufficient condition for developing the disease. Other conditions such as a breakdown of the mechanisms that regulate and allow peripheral tolerance should be involved. Conclusions: The presented model allows to capture the essential dynamics of relapsing-remitting MS despite its simplicity. It gave useful insights that support the hypothesis of a breakdown of Teff-Treg cross balancing mechanisms.
doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-s16-s9 pmid:24564794 pmcid:PMC3853330 fatcat:2kwmpthxa5aafgjwoxdvmmoci4