Title
Can liquid supercooling and glassy-like structure be invoked to interpret collective cell behaviour in the human body? Can liquid supercooling and glassy-like structure be invoked to interpret collective cell behaviour in the human body?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Physics
Chemistry
Source (journal)
Physics and chemistry of liquids. - London
Volume/pages
50(2012) :2 , p. 137-151
ISSN
0031-9104
ISI
000304271100001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The present authors have lately been concerned with two distinct areas which are brought together in this topical review. The first deals with aqueous droplet encapsulation of a single cell, either normal or cancerous, in which the cell volume is quite comparable with that of the droplet. We already pointed out there the future possibilities for assessing how such a single cell might be substantially modified when it is a member of an ensemble of cells in the human body and such cellular heterogeneity is reviewed here. The second area, studied by one of us in conjunction with Alonso, concerns the structure factor S(q) in a supercooled liquid in comparison with that below the glass transition temperature. This article assesses how liquid supercooling and glassy behaviour may also be useful concepts for furthering our understanding of collective cell behaviour in the human body.
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