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Bacterial persistence in biofilms
by Gabriel Carvalho (Submitted: 03/26/2018)
## WHAT IS IT?
This is an individual-based biofilm model. Cells can switch between two phenotypes: susceptible and persister. Persisters do not grow but are tolerant to the antibiotic. Different switching strategies between these two phenotypes are implemented. Antibiotic treatments can be simulated to study the survival and recovery of the biofilm.
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## HOW IT WORKS
Cells are initialized on a surface and grow, divide and shove each other to generate a biofilm. Dissolved substrate and antibiotic diffuse and react with the cells in a diffusion-reaction fashion. They diffuse from a bulk liquid above the biofilm, where concentrations are maintained constant, across a boundary layer toward the biofilm. In the model, bacteria can be susceptible, persister or dead.
## HOW TO USE IT
Setup and go!
## THINGS TO NOTICE
The dynamics of survival and recovery of the biofilm vary greatly depending on the switching strategy selected and the parameters a and b.
## THINGS TO TRY
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## EXTENDING THE MODEL
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## NETLOGO FEATURES
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## RELATED MODELS
(models in the NetLogo Models Library and elsewhere which are of related interest)
## CREDITS AND REFERENCES
Carvalho et al. (2018), How do environment-dependent switching rates between susceptible and persister cells affect the dynamics of biofilms faced with antibiotics?, npj Biofilms and Microbiomes 4:6, doi:10.1038/s41522-018-0049-2
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