#### Abstract

We formulate a ()-dimensional viral infection model with humoral immunity, classes of uninfected target cells and classes of infected cells. The incidence rate of infection is given by nonlinear incidence rate, Beddington-DeAngelis functional response. The model admits discrete time delays describing the time needed for infection of uninfected target cells and virus replication. By constructing suitable Lyapunov functionals, we establish that the global dynamics are determined by two sharp threshold parameters: and . Namely, a typical two-threshold scenario is shown. If , the infection-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable, and the viruses are cleared. If , the immune-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable, and the infection becomes chronic but with no persistent antibody immune response. If , the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable, and the infection is chronic with persistent antibody immune response.

#### 1. Introduction

In the study of mathematical models of infectious diseases* in vivo*, it is an important problem to predict whether the infection disappears or the pathogens and the immune system persist. In general, the mathematical models of infectious diseases* in vivo* have a general immune response. For instance, CTLs can kill infected cells or they can secrete soluble factors, which can inhibit viral replication. Another immune response to viral infection is antibody immune response (humoral immunity), which is widely developed to analyze the dynamics of infections agents such as HIV and malaria (see, e.g., [1, 2]).

The basic viral infection model with antibody immunity response studied by Kajiwara and Sasaki [3] takes the following four-dimensional nonlinear differential equations:where the uninfected T cells, , are produced at a constant rate of , die at a rate of , and become infected at a rate of . The infected cells, , are produced at a rate of . and are the infection rate and death rate of infected cells, respectively. Free virus particles, , are released from infected cells at a rate of . is the death rate of virus. denotes the density of the antibody immune response (B cells). and are the birth rate and death rate of B cells. is the B cells neutralization rate.

In [3], Kajiwara and Sasaki studied the local stability of the equilibria of system (1). But local stability is not equivalent to global stability. The question of global stability in population models is a very interesting mathematical problem. Many authors have studied the global stability of virus dynamics models without delay using the second Lyapunov method. The Lyapunov function candidate for population biology models is the Volterra-type function which was applied in literatures [4–9] to prove global stability of the steady states of viral infections models with discrete intracellular delay and distributed delay. But they all ignore the antibody immune response. In [8], Wang and Zou investigated the dynamical behavior of in-host viral models with humoral immunity and intracellular delays. By means of constructing suitable Lyapunov functionals and Lasalle invariance principles, they established the global dynamics by two sharp thresholds.

Most of the existing delayed HIV infection models are based on the assumption that the virus attacks one class of target cells, T cells. In [10, 11], an HIV model with two target cells, T cells and macrophages, has been proposed. Recently, a series of work [12–17] has been done for HIV models with two target cells with discrete-time and distributed delays. Lyapunov functionals are proved to be effective tool to establish the global asymptotic stability of their steady states [18–20].

Let and be the populations of the uninfected target cells and infected cells of class , respectively, and let be the population of the virus particles. The basic virus infection model with multitarget cells proposed by Elaiw [15] takes the following form of ordinary differential equations: where, for , , , and represent the rates of which new target cells are generated, the death rate constants, and the infection rate constants, respectively. The infected cells die with rate constants . The virus particles are produced by the infected cells with rate constants and are cleared with rate constant .

From system (2), the rate of infection of these viral dynamics models is assumed to be bilinear in the virus and the uninfected T cells . However, the actual incidence rate is probably not linear over the entire range of and . Thus, it is reasonable to assume that the infection rate of viral infection model is given by the Beddington-DeAngelis functional response, , where [7, 21]. Time delays are intrinsic to the viral infection and replication processes, since antigenic stimulation generating immune response may need a period of time. Let parameter account for the time between viral entry into a target cell and the production of new virus particles. The recruitment of virus-producing cells at time is given by the number of cells that were newly infected at time and are still alive at time . Let be a constant rate for infected but not yet virus-producing cells; the probability of surviving the time period from to is .

Combining model (1), model (2), and the preceding assumptions above, we arrive at the following viral infection model:Here the state variables , , , and and parameters , and have the same biological meanings as in the systems (1) and (2). and are constant.

For system (3), we derive the basic reproductive number and antibody immune activation number and show that and completely determine the global dynamics. The global stability result for the equilibria is new for in-host models with Beddington-DeAngelis functional response, antibody immune response, and intracellular delays. Our proof utilizes a global Lyapunov functional that is motivated by the earlier works mentioned above. The global stability of equilibria rules out any possibility for Hopf bifurcations and existence of sustained oscillations.

The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 is devoted to showing the positivity and ultimate boundedness of the solutions for (1) under suitable initial conditions. Then, we introduce threshold parameter, the basic reproduction number for viral infection , antibody immune response reproduction number , and three possible equilibria for (3). In Section 3, we establish global asymptotic stability of infection-free equilibrium by constructing Lyapunov functional. For a special case , we give the proof of global stability of equilibria for a 4-dimensional model in Section 4. We provide some numerical simulations which confirm our analysis in Section 5. In the last section, we offer a brief discussion.

#### 2. Preliminaries

The initial conditions for system (3) take the following form:where .

##### 2.1. Nonnegativity and Boundedness of Solutions

In the following, we establish the nonnegativity and boundedness of solutions of (3).

Theorem 1. *Let be any solution of system (3) satisfying the initial conditions (4); then , and are all nonnegative for and are ultimately bounded.*

*Proof. *First, for , we prove that for all . Assume the contrary and let be such that . Set . Then , and from the first equation of system (3) we have . Hence for and sufficiently small. This contradicts for . It follows that, for , for .

Furthermore, if there exists , such that , and for all , then by the second equation of system (3), we can easily obtain . And it follows that for all . This is a contradiction to the assumption of . Hence, , for all .

Finally, if there exists , such that , and , for , then by the forth equation of system (3), we have . And it follows that for all . This contradicts with the assumption of . Hence, , for all . Similarly, we have , for .

Next we show that the solution is ultimately bounded. It follows from the first equation of system (3) that Thus and is ultimately bounded. Let then where . It follows that , where . This in turn implies, by the nonnegativity of and , that and is ultimately bounded. On the other hand, from the third equation of system (3) we have then , where and is ultimately bounded. Let ; then where ; then let ; then It follows that , where . This in turn implies, by the nonnegativity of and , that and is ultimately bounded.

##### 2.2. Reproduction Numbers and Steady States

The basic reproductive number of the virus for system (3) is where . We will know that if , then infection-free equilibrium , , is the unique steady state. If , then in addition to the uninfected steady state there exists an immune-free equilibrium , corresponding to the situation that infection becomes chronic but with no persistent antibody immune response, which is given by the following expressions: Now, we introduce an antibody immune response reproduction number: Further, if system (3) also has an endemic equilibrium , where It follows from that is equivalent to . The latter can be regarded as the immune activation effector. It is reasonable that immune response is activated in the case where .

#### 3. Main Results

In this section, we consider the global asymptotic stability of the three equilibria. Throughout the paper, for easy notation, we adopt to simplify many of the expressions which follow.

Theorem 2. *Consider system (3) and is defined by (11). The infection-free equilibrium of (3) is globally asymptotically stable if .*

*Proof. *Define a Lyapunov functional as follows: Using and calculating the time derivative of along (3) yieldThus, ensures that for all , , , and . And if and only if , for . It is easy to show that is the largest invariant set in . By LaSalle invariance principle, the equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable. This completes the proof.

Theorem 3. *Consider system (3) and and are defined by (11) and (13). The immune-free equilibrium of (3) is globally asymptotically stable if .*

*Proof. *Define a Lyapunov functional as follows:The derivative of is given by In the above calculations, we used the equations , , and .

Further, is equivalent to . Hence is always nonpositive under the condition , and if and only if , , and for or , for . Similarly, it follows from LaSalle invariance principle that the immune-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable. This completes the proof.

Theorem 4. *Consider system (3) and is defined by (13). The endemic equilibrium of (3) is globally asymptotically stable if .*

*Proof. *Define a Lyapunov functional as follows: The derivative of is given by Therefore, holds for all . Thus, the endemic equilibrium is stable. And we have if and only if , , , and hold. The largest compact invariant set in is the singleton . Therefore, the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable by the LaSalle invariance principle when . This completes the proof.

#### 4. Special Case When

For , system (3) becomes Here the state variables , , , and and parameters , , , , , , , , , , , and have the similar biological meanings as in the system (3).

The basic reproductive number of the virus for system (23) is . We will know that if , then infection-free equilibrium , , is the unique steady state; if , then in addition to the uninfected steady state there exists an immune-free equilibrium , corresponding to the situation that infection becomes chronic but with no persistent antibody immune response, which is given by the following expressions: Now, we introduce an antibody immune response reproduction number: Further, if system (3) also has an endemic equilibrium , where It follows from that is equivalent to . The latter can be regarded as the immune activation effector. It is reasonable that immune response is activated in the case where .

The initial conditions for system (23) take the following form: where .

Theorem 5. *Consider system (23). *(i)*The infection-free equilibrium of (23) is globally asymptotically stable if .*(ii)*The immune-free equilibrium of (23) is globally asymptotically stable if .*(iii)*The endemic equilibrium of (23) is globally asymptotically stable if .*

*Proof. *Consider the following.*Proof of (i) of Theorem 5.* Define a Lyapunov functional as follows:Using and calculating the time derivative of along (23), we haveThus, ensures that for all , , , and . And if and only if , for . It is easy to show that is the largest invariant set in . By LaSalle invariance principle, the equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable.*Proof of (ii) of Theorem 5*. Define a Lyapunov functional as follows: The derivative of is given by In the above calculations, we used the equations , , and .

Further, is equivalent to . Hence is always nonpositive under the condition , and if and only if , , and for or , for . Similarly, it follows from LaSalle invariance principle that the immune-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable.

*Proof of (iii) of Theorem 5*. Define a Lyapunov functional as follows: The derivative of is given by Therefore, holds for all . Thus, the endemic equilibrium is stable. And we have if and only if , , , and hold. The largest compact invariant set in is the singleton . Therefore, the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable by the LaSalle invariance principle when . This completes the proof.

#### 5. Numerical Example

We now carry out some numerical simulations to support our theoretic results for the dynamics of the concentration of uninfected target cells [cells ], productively infected cells [cells ], free virus in the serum [virion cells ] antibodies . We set and for the sake of simplification. The values of the parameters , , , , , , , , and are found in Pawelek et al. [22] and Wang et al. [23].

Parameters in Figure 1 are cells , , mL virion-, , , , , , , , and . In this case, we obtain and . From (i) of Theorem 5, is globally asymptotically stable.

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Parameters in Figure 2 are cells , , mL virion-, , , , , , , , and . In this case, we obtain and . From (ii) of Theorem 5, is globally asymptotically stable.

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Parameters in Figure 3 are cells , , mL virion-, , , , , , , , and . In this case, we obtain and . From (iii) of Theorem 5, is globally asymptotically stable.

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