Qualitative analysis of the minimal higgins model of glycolysis
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CitationFercec, B., Mencinger, M., Petek, T., Aybar, O. Ö. & Kusbeyzi Aybar, İ. (2023). Qualitative Analysis of the Minimal Higgins Model of Glycolysis. Match. p. 563-580.
Glycolysis, one of the leading metabolic pathways, involves many different periodic oscillations emerging at positive steady states of the biochemical models describing this essential process. One of the models employing the molecular diffusion of intermediates is the Higgins biochemical model to explain sustained oscillations. In this paper, we investigate the center-focus problem for the minimal Higgins model for general values of the model parameters with the help of computational algebra. We demonstrate that the model always has a stable focus point by finding a general form of the first Lyapunov number. Then, varying two of the model parameters, we obtain the first three coefficients of the period function for the stable focus point of the model and prove that the singular point is actually a bi-weak monodromic equilibrium point of type [1, 2]. Additionally, we prove that there are two (small) intervals for a chosen parameter a > 0 for which one critical period bifurcates from this singular point after small perturbations.