Collective cell migration: a mechanistic perspective

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Authors

Vedula SR, Ravasio A, Lim CT, Ladoux B.

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Physiology

2013 Nov 1

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Abstract

Collective cell migration is fundamental to gaining insights into various important biological processes such as wound healing and cancer metastasis. In particular, recent in vitro studies and in silico simulations suggest that mechanics can explain the social behavior of multicellular clusters to a large extent with minimal knowledge of various cellular signaling pathways. These results suggest that a mechanistic perspective is necessary for a comprehensive and holistic understanding of collective cell migration, and this review aims to provide a broad overview of such a perspective.

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