We investigate morphologies of proliferating cellular tissue using a newly developed numerical simulation model for mechanical cell division. The model reproduces structures of simple multi-cellular organisms via simple rules for selective division and division plane orientation. The model is applied to a bimodal mixture of stiff cells with a low growth potential and soft cells with a high growth potential. In an even mixture, the soft cells develop into a tissue matrix and the stiff cells into a dendrite-like network structure. For soft cell inclusion in a stiff cellular matrix, the soft cells develop to a fast growing tumour like structure that gradually evacuates the stiff cell matrix. With increasing inter-cell friction, the tumour growth slows down and parts of it is driven to self-inflicted cell death.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||arXiv.org, e-Print Archive, Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Nov 2018|
- Soft matter
- biophysical model
- Computational Biology