Cellular motility articles from across Nature Portfolio

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 & Views |

    Developing tissues undergo collective cell movement and changes to their material properties, such as flow characteristics. Now tissue fluidity is linked to tissue growth.

    • Asako Shindo
  • News & Views |

    Epithelial tissues cover our organs and play an important role as physical barriers. The conditions leading to spontaneous hole formation in monolayer epithelia, which challenge epithelial integrity, have now been revealed.

    • Tatiana Merle
    •  & Magali Suzanne
    Nature Physics 19, 23-24
  • News & Views |

    Individual cilia are typically attached to cell surfaces, where they sweep back and forth. A new study charts the behavioural space of the beating patterns of cilia isolated from the cell.

    • Kirsty Y. Wan
    Nature Physics 18, 234-235
  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study found that slow movement is important when bacteria move as dense collectives because faster bacteria cause topological defects that trap cells in place.

    • Ashley York
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Caterina La Porta and Stefano Zapperi discuss how a suitable identification of the control and order parameters can shed light on the nature of phase transitions in cell migration.

    • Caterina A. M. La Porta
    •  & Stefano Zapperi