Oliver J. Maclaren

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The majority of solid tumours arise in epithelia and therefore much research effort has gone into investigating the growth, renewal and regulation of these tissues. Here we review different mathematical and computational approaches that have been used to model epithelia. We compare different models and describe future challenges that need to be overcome in(More)
The functional integrity of the intestinal epithelial barrier relies on tight coordination of cell proliferation and migration, with failure to regulate these processes resulting in disease. It is not known whether cell proliferation is sufficient to drive epithelial cell migration during homoeostatic turnover of the epithelium. Nor is it known precisely(More)
The investigation of near-isosmotic water transport in epithelia goes back over 100 years; however, debates over mechanism and pathway remain. Aquaporin (AQP) knockouts have been used by various research groups to test the hypothesis of an osmotic mechanism as well as to explore the paracellular versus transcellular pathway debate. Nonproportional(More)
Secretion from the salivary glands is driven by osmosis following the establishment of osmotic gradients between the lumen, the cell and the interstitium by active ion transport. We consider a dynamic model of osmotically driven primary saliva secretion and use singular perturbation approaches and scaling assumptions to reduce the model. Our analysis shows(More)
An understanding of Ca(2+) signalling in saliva-secreting acinar cells is important, as Ca(2+) is the second messenger linking stimulation of cells to production of saliva. Ca(2+) signals affect secretion via the ion channels located both apically and basolaterally in the cell. By approximating Ca(2+) waves with periodic functions on the apical and(More)
Dear Sir, In their response (Hill and Shachar-Hill 2013) to our article 'What do aquaporin knockout studies tell us about fluid transport in epithelia?' (Maclaren et al. 2013), in which they also comment on another previous article of ours (Maclaren et al. 2012), A.E. Hill and Y. Shachar-Hill make a number of incorrect and misleading statements about the(More)
The concept of reproducibility is a foundation of the scientific method. With the arrival of fast and powerful computers over the last few decades, there has been an explosion of results based on complex computational analyses and simulations. The reproducibility of these results has been addressed mainly in terms of exact replicability or numerical(More)
Our work addresses two key challenges, one biological and one methodological. First, we aim to understand how proliferation and cellular migration rates in the intestinal epithelium are related under healthy, damaged (Ara-C treated) and recovering conditions, and how these relations can be used to identify mechanisms of repair and regeneration. We analyse(More)
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