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Scutoids are a geometrical solution to three-dimensional packing of epithelia

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, July 2018
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Title
Scutoids are a geometrical solution to three-dimensional packing of epithelia
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Nature Communications, July 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41467-018-05376-1
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Pedro Gómez-Gálvez, Pablo Vicente-Munuera, Antonio Tagua, Cristina Forja, Ana M. Castro, Marta Letrán, Andrea Valencia-Expósito, Clara Grima, Marina Bermúdez-Gallardo, Óscar Serrano-Pérez-Higueras, Florencia Cavodeassi, Sol Sotillos, María D. Martín-Bermudo, Alberto Márquez, Javier Buceta, Luis M. Escudero

Abstract

As animals develop, tissue bending contributes to shape the organs into complex three-dimensional structures. However, the architecture and packing of curved epithelia remains largely unknown. Here we show by means of mathematical modelling that cells in bent epithelia can undergo intercalations along the apico-basal axis. This phenomenon forces cells to have different neighbours in their basal and apical surfaces. As a consequence, epithelial cells adopt a novel shape that we term "scutoid". The detailed analysis of diverse tissues confirms that generation of apico-basal intercalations between cells is a common feature during morphogenesis. Using biophysical arguments, we propose that scutoids make possible the minimization of the tissue energy and stabilize three-dimensional packing. Hence, we conclude that scutoids are one of nature's solutions to achieve epithelial bending. Our findings pave the way to understand the three-dimensional organization of epithelial organs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 137 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 47 34%
Researcher 19 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 13 9%
Student > Master 13 9%
Student > Bachelor 10 7%
Other 36 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 32 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 20 14%
Engineering 14 10%
Physics and Astronomy 12 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 9%
Other 48 35%

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#990
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