T cell motion in absence and presence of chemotaxis.
(A) 2D snapshot of a simulation with the DC-contact desensitization mechanism showing sensitive T cells (blue), insensitive T cells (yellow), DCs (red), reticular network (green), and the ‘LN capsule’ at the top (cyan). T cells enter in the region indicated by the red square, and leave at the boundary at the bottom. (B) Overlay of T cell tracks from a 10 min period in x and y coordinates after aligning their starting positions to the origin. (C) Mean square displacement plots (averages s.e.m.) for the different migration mechanisms. Cellular motility parameters were estimated after combining the data from 10 simulations (see Methods). The estimated motility coefficient, , and persistence time, , ( s.e.m.) are: and min for random migration; , min for the no-desensitization mechanism; and , min for the DC-contact mechanism.