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Modelling thrombosis in silico: frontiers, challenges, unresolved problems and milestones

Belyaev, A. V., Dunster, J. L., Gibbins, J. M., Panteleev, M. A. and Volpert, V. (2018) Modelling thrombosis in silico: frontiers, challenges, unresolved problems and milestones. Physics of Life Reviews, 26-27. pp. 57-95. ISSN 1571-0645

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.plrev.2018.02.005


Hemostasis is a complex physiological mechanism that functions to maintain vascular integrity under any conditions. Its primary components are blood platelets and a coagulation network that interact to form the hemostatic plug, a combination of cell aggregate and gelatinous fibrin clot that stops bleeding upon vascular injury. Disorders of hemostasis result in bleeding or thrombosis, and are the major immediate cause of mortality and morbidity in the world. Regulation of hemostasis and thrombosis is immensely complex, as it depends on blood cell adhesion and mechanics, hydrodynamics and mass transport of various species, huge signal transduction networks in platelets, as well as spatiotemporal regulation of the blood coagulation network. Mathematical and computational modelling has been increasingly used to gain insight into this complexity over the last 30 years, but the limitations of the existing models remain profound. Here we review state-of-the-art-methods for computational modelling of thrombosis with the specific focus on the analysis of unresolved challenges. They include: a) fundamental issues related to physics of platelet aggregates and fibrin gels; b) computational challenges and limitations for solution of the models that combine cell adhesion, hydrodynamics and chemistry; c) biological mysteries and unknown parameters of processes; d) biophysical complexities of the spatiotemporal networks' regulation. Both relatively classical approaches and innovative computational techniques for their solution are considered; the subjects discussed with relation to thrombosis modelling include coarse-graining, continuum versus particle-based modelling, multiscale models, hybrid models, parameter estimation and others. Fundamental understanding gained from theoretical models are highlighted and a description of future prospects in the field and the nearest possible aims are given.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Biomedical Sciences
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code:75869


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