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In this article we deal with a class of strongly coupled parabolic systems that encompasses two different effects: degenerate diffusion and chemotaxis. Such classes of equations arise in the mesoscale level modeling of biomass spreading mechanisms via chemotaxis. We show the existence of an exponential attractor and, hence, of a finite-dimensional global attractor under certain 'balance conditions' on the order of the degeneracy and the growth of the chemotactic function.

We analyze the effect of Robin boundary conditions in a mathematical model for a mitochondria swelling in a living organism. This is a coupled PDE/ODE model for the dependent variables calcium ion contration and three fractions of mitochondria that are distinguished by their state of swelling activity. The model assumes that the boundary is a permeable 'membrane', through which calcium ions can both enter or leave the cell. Under biologically relevant assumptions on the data, we prove the well-posedness of solutions of the model and study the asymptotic behavior of its solutions. We augment the analysis of the model with computer simulations that illustrate the theoretically obtained results.

*in vivo*process. Our model considers three mitochondrial subpopulations varying in the degree of swelling. The evolution of these groups is dependent on the present calcium concentration and is described by a system of ODEs, whereas the calcium propagation is modeled by a reaction-diffusion equation taking into account spatial effects. We analyze the derived model with respect to existence and long-time behavior of solutions and obtain a complete mathematical classification of the swelling process.

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