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J Exp Bot. 2013 Nov;64(15):4709-28. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert254. Epub 2013 Sep 7.

The cellular mechanics of an invasive lifestyle.

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McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, Biomedical Engineering Department, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Abstract

Invasive behaviour is the hallmark of a variety of cell types of animal, plant, and fungal origin. Here we review the purpose and mechanism of invasive growth and migration. The focus is on the physical principles governing the process, the source of invasive force, and the cellular mechanism by which the cell penetrates the substrate. The current experimental methods for measuring invasive force and the modelling approaches for studying invasive behaviour are explained, and future experimental strategies are proposed.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer cells; fungal hyphae; invasive growth; migrating cells; neurons; pollen tubes; root hairs; tip growth.

PMID:
24014865
DOI:
10.1093/jxb/ert254
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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