Statistical mechanics of cell decision-making: The cell migration force distribution

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Cell decision-making is the cellular process of responding to microenvironmental cues. This can be regarded as the regulation of cell's intrinsic variables to extrinsic stimuli. Currently, little is known about the principles dictating cell decision-making. Regarding cells as Bayesian decision-makers under energetic constraints, I postulate the principle of least microenvironmental uncertainty principle (LEUP). This is translated into a free-energy principle and I develop a statistical mechanics theory for cell decision-making. I exhibit the potential of LEUP in the case of cell migration. In particular, I calculate the dependence of cell locomotion force on the steady state distribution of adhesion receptors. Finally, the associated migration velocity allows for the reproduction of the cell anomalous difuusion, as observed in cell culture experiments.

Original languageBritish English
Article number20180001
JournalJournal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2018


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