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Morphogenesis implies the controlled spatial organization of cells that gives rise to tissues and organs in early embryonic development. While morphogenesis is under strict genetic control, the formation of specialized biological structures of specific shape hinges on physical processes. Tissue engineering (TE) aims at reproducing morphogenesis in the(More)
An epithelial-mesenchymal transformation (EMT) involves alterations in cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion, the detachment of epithelial cells from their neighbors, the degradation of the basal lamina and acquisition of mesenchymal phenotype. Here we present Monte Carlo simulations for a specific EMT in early heart development: the formation of cardiac(More)
Often gaining insight into the functioning of biomolecular systems requires to follow their dynamics along a microscopic reaction coordinate (RC) on a macroscopic time scale, which is beyond the reach of current all atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. A practical approach to this inherently multiscale problem is to model the system as a fictitious(More)
We demonstrate how the surrogate process approximation (SPA) method can be used to compute both the potential of mean force along a reaction coordinate and the associated diffusion coefficient using a relatively small number (10-20) of bidirectional nonequilibrium trajectories coming from a complex system. Our method provides confidence bands which take the(More)
The notion of tissue surface tension has provided a physical understanding of morphogenetic phenomena such as tissue spreading or cell sorting. The measurement of tissue surface tension so far relied on strong approximations on the geometric profile of a spherical droplet compressed between parallel plates. We solved the Laplace equation for this geometry(More)
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