Recent efforts to model the mechanical interaction of aggregates of biological cells are reviewed. Differential adhesion is discussed as a means of creating a field of stress equivalent to tension elements at interfaces between unlike cell types. Several numerical algorithms are described and applied to shortening and folding of cell sheets, three-dimensional monolayers, and two-dimensional cell aggregates.
Issue Section:Research Papers
Topics:Adhesion, Algorithms, Biological cells, Stress, Tension
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