HIV, T cell, Modeling, Equilibrium Points
We examine an early model for the interaction of HIV with CD4+ T cells in vivo and define possible parameters and effects of said parameters on the model. We then examine a newer, more simplified model for the interaction of HIV with CD4+ T cells that also considers four populations: uninfected T cells, latently infected T cells, actively infected T cells, and free virus. The stability of both the disease free steady state and the endemically infected steady state are examined utilizing standard methods and the Routh-Hurwitz criteria. We show that if N, the number of infectious virions produced per actively infected T cell, is less than a critical value, , then the uninfected state is the only steady state in the non negative orthant, and this state is stable. We establish an expression for . If , then the uninfected steady state is unstable, and the endemically infected state can be stable or unstable, depending on the value of the parameters utilized.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Comerford, Amy, "On Modeling HIV Infection Of Cd4+ T Cells" (2006). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 869.