Modelling dynamics of the type I Interferon response to in vitro viral infection

Tom J. Howat, Cristina Barreca, Peter O'Hare, Julia R. Gog, Bryan T. Grenfell

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Innate immunity is crucial in the early stages of resistance to novel viral infection. The family of cytokines known as the interferons (IFNs) forms an essential component of this system: they are responsible for signalling that an infection is underway and for promoting an antiviral response in susceptible cells. We construct a spatial stochastic model, parameterized by experimental data and informed by analytic approximation, to capture the dynamics of virus-IFN interaction during in vitro infection of Madin-Darby bovine kidney cell monolayers by Herpes simplex virus 1. The dose dependence of infection progression, subsequent monolayer destruction and IFN-β production are investigated. Implications for in vivo infections, in particular the priming of susceptible cells by IFN-β during infection, are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-709
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Royal Society Interface
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 22 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


  • Cytokines
  • Dose dependence
  • Innate immunity
  • Interferon
  • Stochastic model
  • Viral infection


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