Walker, D.C., Southgate, J., Hill, G., Holcombe, M., Hose, D.R., Wood, S.M., Mac Neil, S. and Smallwood, R.H. [firstname.lastname@example.org] (2004) The Epitheliome: agent-based modelling of the social behaviour of cells. BioSystems, 76 (1-3). pp. 89-100. ISSN 0303-2647
We have developed a new computational modelling paradigm for predicting the emergent behaviour resulting from the interaction of cells in epithelial tissue. As proof-of-concept, an agent-based model, in which there is a one-to-one correspondence between biological cells and software agents, has been coupled to a simple physical model. Behaviour of the computational model is compared with the growth characteristics of epithelial cells in monolayer culture, using growth media with low and physiological calcium concentrations. Results show a qualitative fit between the growth characteristics produced by the simulation and the in vitro cell models.