A simultaneous blow-up problem arising in tumor modeling

Elio Espejo, Karina Vilches, Carlos Conca

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Although macrophages are part of the human immune system, it has been remarkably observed in laboratory experiments that decreasing its number can slow down the tumor progression. We analyze through a recently mathematical model proposed in the literature, necessary conditions for aggregation of tumor cells and macrophages. In order to do so, we prove the possibility of having blow-up in finite time. Next, we study if the aggregation of macrophages can occur when having a low density of tumor cells, and vice versa. With this purpose, we consider the problem of analyzing the existence or not of a simultaneous blow-up. We achieve this goal thanks to a novel process that allows us to compare the entropy functional associated with the density of each population, which turns out to be also a method to find enough conditions for having a simultaneous blow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1357-1399
Number of pages43
JournalJournal of Mathematical Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemotaxis
  • Free-energy
  • Macrophages
  • Simultaneous blow-up
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics


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