One-dimensional cell motility patterns

Jonathan E. Ron, Pascale Monzo, Nils C. Gauthier, Raphael Voituriez, Nir S. Gov

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During migration, cells exhibit a rich variety of seemingly random migration patterns, which makes unraveling the underlying mechanisms that control cell migration a difficult challenge. For efficient migration, cells require a mechanism for polarization, so that traction forces are produced in the direction of motion, while adhesion is released to allow forward migration. To simplify the study of this process, cells have been studied when placed along one-dimensional tracks, where single cells exhibit both smooth and stick-slip migration modes. The stick-slip motility mode is characterized by protrusive motion at the cell front, coupled with a slow elongation of the cell, which is followed by a rapid retraction of the cell rear. In this study, we explore a minimal physical model that couples the force applied on the adhesion bonds to the length variations of the cell and to the traction forces applied by the polarized actin retrograde flow. We show that the rich spectrum of cell migration patterns emerges from this model as different deterministic dynamical phases. This result suggests a source for the large cell-to-cell variability (CCV) in cell migration patterns observed in single cells over time and within cell populations: fluctuations in the cellular components, such as adhesion strength or polymerization activity, can shift the cells from one migration mode to another, due to crossing the dynamical phase transition lines. Temporal noise is shown to drive random changes in the cellular polarization direction, which is enhanced during the stick-slip migration mode. The model contains an emergent critical length for cell polarization, whereby cells that retract below this length loose polarity, and are prone to making direction changes in migration. These results offer a new framework to explain experimental observations of migrating cells, resulting from noisy switching between underlying deterministic migration modes.
שפה מקוריתאנגלית
מספר המאמר033237
מספר עמודים27
מספר גיליון3
מזהי עצם דיגיטלי (DOIs)
סטטוס פרסוםפורסם - אוג׳ 2020

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