Research Article

Drift-Diffusion Analysis of Neutrophil Migration during Inflammation Resolution in a Zebrafish Model

Figure 5

Simulation reveals a pure-diffusion model to be a better fit to the real data. Both the drift-diffusion model (red line) corresponding to drift (0.26 μm/min) and diffusion (8.0 μm/min) and the pure-diffusion model (blue line) corresponding to diffusion (41.8 μm/min) were simulated 1000 times. The simulations were used to produce a distribution for the spatially binned data of each model. The mean values of cell distribution over space are shown by the red and blue lines, respectively (in terms of distance from the wound). Overlaid on these is a corresponding histogram representation (yellow) of the real data (combined over all fish). The histogram bins have width 100 μm and are centered at 50 μm to 950 μm from the wound. The pure-diffusion model shows a correct qualitative prediction of cell distribution whereas the drift-diffusion model predicts that the population mode moves away from the wound over time, in contrast to the observed data.