Cellular motility

Cellular motility is the spontaneous movement of a cell from one location to another by consumption of energy. The term encompasses several types of motion, including swimming, crawling, gliding and swarming.

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  • News and Views |

    A two-state hopping experiment combined with a dynamical systems model reveals that cancer cells are deterministically driven across barriers, whereas normal cells cross only with the help of stochastic fluctuations.

    • Ulrich S. Schwarz
    Nature Physics 15, 524-525
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports that surfing motility is a conserved yet diverse form of motility in bacteria.

    • Ashley York
  • News and Views |

    Many microorganisms use light-sensitive receptors to migrate. A case in point is the microalga Euglena gracilis, which avoids light intensity increases by swimming in polygonal trajectories — providing an elegant solution to navigational challenges.

    • Nicolas Waisbord
    •  & Jeffrey S. Guasto
    Nature Physics 14, 1161-1162
  • News and Views |

    Cells in embryonic tissues generate coordinated forces to close small wounds rapidly without scarring. New research shows that large cell-to-cell variations in these forces are a key system feature that surprisingly speeds up wound healing.

    • M. Shane Hutson
    Nature Physics 14, 639-641
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    Streams of motile cells appear in both healthy development and the evolution of tumours. A study of cells under lateral confinement now suggests their activity plays a key role in triggering these flows.

    • Francesc Sagués
    Nature Physics 14, 638-639