Buckling instabilities of one-layered growing tissues

Phys Rev Lett. 2000 May 1;84(18):4244-7. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.4244.


Growth and folding in one-layered model tissue sheets are studied in a stochastic, lattice-free single cell model which considers the discrete cellular structure of the tissue, and in a coarse grained analytical approach. The polarity of the one-layered tissue is considered by a bending term. Cell division gives rise to a locally increasing metric. An exponential and a power-law growth regime are identified. In both regimes, folding occurs as soon as the bending contribution becomes too small to compensate the destabilizing effect of the cell proliferation. The potential biological relevance is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Physiological Phenomena*
  • Mitosis
  • Models, Biological