Normal and tumour cells live in a fibrous environment that is often very heterogeneous, even characterized by the presence of basal membranes and regions with high density of collagen fibres that physiologically comparmentalize cells in well defined regions, as for in situ tumours. In case of metastatic tumours these porous structures are instead invaded by cancer cells. The aim of this paper is to propose a multiphase model that is able to describe cell segregation by thick porous structures and to relate the transition rule that determines whether cells will pass or not to microscopic characteristics of the cells, such as the stiffness of their nucleus, their adhesive and traction abilities, the relative dimension of their nucleus with respect to the dimension of the pores of the extra-cellular matrix.
|Titolo:||A multiphase model of tumour segregation in situ by a heterogeneous extracellular matrix|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2015.04.007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|