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Foliation-Based Parameter Tuning in a Model of the GnRH Pulse and Surge Generator

Frédérique Clément 1 Alexandre Vidal 1, *
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Abstract : We investigate a model of the GnRH pulse and surge generator, with the definite aim of constraining the model GnRH output with respect to a physiologically relevant list of specifications. The alternating pulse and surge pattern of secretion results from the interaction between a GnRH secreting system and a regulating system exhibiting fast-slow dynamics. The mechanisms underlying the behavior of the model are reminded from the study of the Boundary-Layer System according to the "dissection method" principle. Using singular perturbation theory, we describe the sequence of bifurcations undergone by the regulating (FitzHugh-Nagumo) system, encompassing the rarely investigated case of homoclinic connexion. Basing on pure dynamical considerations, we restrict the space of parameter search for the regulating system and describe a foliation of this restricted space, whose leaves define constant duration ratios between the surge and the pulsatility phase in the whole system. We propose an algorithm to fix the parameter values to also meet the other prescribed ratios dealing with amplitude and frequency features of the secretion signal. We finally apply these results to illustrate the dynamics of GnRH secretion in the ovine species and the rhesus monkey.
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Frédérique Clément, Alexandre Vidal. Foliation-Based Parameter Tuning in a Model of the GnRH Pulse and Surge Generator. SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2009, 8 (4), pp.1591-1631. ⟨10.1137/080732237⟩. ⟨inria-00319866⟩

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