Network formation of tissue cells via preferential attraction to elongated structures.

@article{Szabo2007NetworkFO,
  title={Network formation of tissue cells via preferential attraction to elongated structures.},
  author={Andras K. Szabo and Erica D. Perryn and Andr{\'a}s Czir{\'o}k},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2007},
  volume={98 3},
  pages={038102}
}
Vascular and nonvascular cells often form an interconnected network in vitro, similar to the early vascular bed of warm-blooded embryos. Our time-lapse recordings show that the network forms by extending sprouts, i.e., multicellular linear segments. To explain the emergence of such structures, we propose a simple model of preferential attraction to stretched cells. Numerical simulations reveal that the model evolves into a quasistationary pattern containing linear segments, which interconnect… CONTINUE READING