During morphogenesis, epithelial sheets remodel into complex geometries. How cells dynamically organize their contact with neighbouring cells in these tightly packed tissues is poorly understood. We have used light-sheet microscopy of growing mouse embryonic lung explants, three-dimensional cell segmentation, and physical theory to unravel the principles behind 3D cell organization in growing pseudostratified epithelia. We find that cells have highly irregular 3D shapes and exhibit numerous neighbour intercalations along the apical-basal axis as well as over time. Despite the fluidic nature, the cell packing configurations follow fundamental relationships previously described for apical epithelial layers, i.e., Euler's formula, Lewis' law, and Aboav-Weaire's law, at all times and across the entire tissue thickness. This arrangement minimizes the lateral cell-cell surface energy for a given cross-sectional area variability, generated primarily by the distribution and movement of nuclei. We conclude that the complex 3D cell organization in growing epithelia emerges from simple physical principles.
The source code and plotted data files are available as a git repository at https://git.bsse.ethz.ch/iber/Publications/2021_gomez_3d_cell_neighbour_dynamics.git. The raw data is publicly available as openBIS repository at https://openbis-data-repo.ethz.ch/openbis/webapp/eln-lims/?user=observer&pass=openbis under the Name 3D Epithelium.
3D EpitheliumopenBIS, 3D Epithelium.
- Dagmar Iber
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Animal experimentation: Permission to use animals was obtained from the veterinary office of the Canton Basel-Stadt (licensenumber 2777/26711). Experimental procedures were performed in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and approved by the Ethics Committee for Animal Care of ETH Zurich.
- Anna Akhmanova, Utrecht University, Netherlands
© 2021, Gomez et al.
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