A model for growth cone guidance by attractive or repulsive cues

S. M. Maskery, H. M. Buettner

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During development and regeneration the neuronal growth cone is responsible for guiding the axon to its final target. Much of our insight into this process has been obtained from experimental studies, both in vitro and in vivo. Additional understanding is possible through quantitative models that divide complex migration behavior into components that can be manipulated through simulation experiments. This work focuses on the development of a model for growth cone guidance based on previous models of filopodial dynamics and growth cone migration. Two parameters have been incorporated to represent guidance behavior; a permissivity index, PI, accounts for the repulsive or attractive nature of a guidance cue, and a constraint parameter, δ, quantifies a bias in growth cone migration either toward or away from a guidance cue. Simulated guidance cues range from strongly attractive to strongly repulsive and appear to the growth cone as either discrete or continuous. From these simulations we can infer how the arrangement and permissivity of guidance cues might affect growth cone pathfinding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-694
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 24th Annual Conference and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES / EMBS) - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2002Oct 26 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


  • Growth cone migration
  • Nerve development
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Pathfinding
  • Random walk model


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