Three-Dimensional Cellular Automaton for Modeling the Hepatitis B Virus Infection

Mostafa Khabouze, Khalid Hattaf, Noura Yousfi


Hepatitis B is considered as the most common hepatic in the world and may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus, which attacks and can damage the liver. In this paper we investigate a new mathematical model to study the dynamic process of HBV infection on the liver. This model is based on a three dimensional cellular automaton, which is composed of four state variables. The model takes into account the heterogeneous feature and the spatial localization of the population studied. Furthemore, since the virus doesn’t remain only on the liver surface but penetrates into the organ, our model describes better the behavior of interactions between cells and hepatitis B virus in the liver than the previous works found in the literature, which have used only two cellular automata in their models.


Modeling, Hepatitis B, Cellular Automata; Three dimensional

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