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    A Coupled Mathematical Model of Cell Migration, Vessel Cooption and Tumour Microenvironment during the Initiation of Micrometastases

    Yan Cai1,2,3, Jie Wu4, Zhiyong Li1,2

    Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Vol.12, No.4, pp. 231-248, 2015, DOI:10.3970/mcb.2015.012.231

    Abstract We propose a coupled mathematical model for the detailed quantitative analyses of initial microtumour and micrometastases formation by including cancer cell migration, host vessel cooption and changes in microenvironment. Migrating cells are included as a new phenotype to describe the migration behaviour of malignant tumour cells. Migration probability of a migrating cell is assumed to be influenced by local chemical microenvironment. Pre-existing vessel cooption and remodelling are introduced according to the local haemodynamical microenvironment, such as interstitial pressure and vessel wall permeability. After the tumour cells and tumour vessels distribution are updated, the chemical substances… More >

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    Mechanical Modelling of Confined Cell Migration Across Constricted-curved Micro-channels

    R. Allena*,†

    Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Vol.11, No.3, pp. 185-208, 2014, DOI:10.3970/mcb.2014.011.185

    Abstract Confined migration is a crucial phenomenon during embryogenesis, immune response and cancer. Here, a two-dimensional finite element model of a HeLa cell migrating across constricted–curved micro-channels is proposed. The cell is modelled as a continuum with embedded cytoplasm and nucleus, which are described by standard Maxwell viscoelastic models. The decomposition of the deformation gradient is employed to define the cyclic active strains of protrusion and contraction, which are synchronized with the adhesion forces between the cell and the substrate. The micro-channels are represented by two rigid walls and exert an additional viscous force on the… More >

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    Cell Migration and Cell-Cell Interaction in the Presence of Mechano-Chemo-Thermotaxis

    S.J. Mousavi, M.H. Doweidar∗,†, M. Doblaré

    Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Vol.10, No.1, pp. 1-25, 2013, DOI:10.3970/mcb.2013.010.001

    Abstract Although there are several computational models that explain the trajectory that cells take during migration, till now little attention has been paid to the integration of the cell migration in a multi-signaling system. With that aim, a generalized model of cell migration and cell-cell interaction under multisignal environments is presented herein. In this work we investigate the spatio-temporal cell-cell interaction problem induced by mechano-chemo-thermotactic cues. It is assumed that formation of a new focal adhesion generates traction forces proportional to the stresses transmitted by the cell to the extracellular matrix. The cell velocity and polarization… More >

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