The impact of adhesion on cellular invasion processes in cancer and development

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Abstract

In this paper we consider a simple continuous model to describe cell invasion, incorporating the effects of both cell-cell adhesion and cell-matrix adhesion, along with cell growth and proteolysis by cells of the surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM). We demonstrate that the model is capable of supporting both noninvasive and invasive tumour growth according to the relative strength of cell-cell to cell-matrix adhesion. Specifically, for sufficiently strong cell-matrix adhesion and/or sufficiently weak cell-cell adhesion, degradation of the surrounding ECM accompanied by cell-matrix adhesion pulls the cells into the surrounding ECM. We investigate the criticality of matrix heterogeneity on shaping invasion, demonstrating that a highly heterogeneous ECM can result in a "fingering" of the invasive front, echoing observations in real-life invasion processes ranging from malignant tumour growth to neural crest migration during embryonic development. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1067
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Volume264
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Cancer invasion
  • Cell adhesion
  • Integrodifferential equation
  • Mathematical model
  • Pattern formation

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