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Emergence of epithelial cell density waves

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Epithelial cell monolayers exhibit traveling mechanical waves. We rationalize this observation thanks to a hydrodynamic description of the monolayer as a compressible, active and polar material. We show that propagating waves of the cell density, polarity, velocity and stress fields may be due to a Hopf bifurcation occurring above threshold values of active coupling coefficients.

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13 Jun 2017
21 Aug 2017
First published
29 Aug 2017

Soft Matter, 2017,13, 7046-7052
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Emergence of epithelial cell density waves

S. Yabunaka and P. Marcq, Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 7046
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01172E

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