Special Issue "Cell Biology and Symmetry Breaking"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: Cytoskeleton, Symmetry, Polarity, Cell Mechanics, Cell Migration
Symmetry breaking is a prerequisite for the generation of complex patterns and structures in biology. It is a frequent event occurring in cells and organisms; often symmetry breaking and axis definition are among the first major events during development. Cell migration or cell division include symmetry breaking events as part of the daily life of living organisms.
Despite the generality of this topic, we still do not completely understand in terms of mechanism how a non-polar cell becomes polarized. We still debate if this crucial process is mainly driven by noise or is rather based on well-defined and maybe universal mechanisms that include internal and external events. What biological, chemical, or physical cues have the power to trigger symmetry breaking? Did nature program a backup in order to remember its asymmetry in case of losing it, increasing robustness?
In this issue we particularly aim to collect interdisciplinary work that links cell biology to cellular biophysics on the topic of symmetry breaking.
Prof. Dr. Franziska Lautenschläger
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Ott
Manuscript Submission Information
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