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  • Matamoro-Vidal, A. & Levayer, R. Multiple Influences of Mechanical Forces on Cell Competition. Curr Biol 29, R762-R774, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.030 (2019).Pubmed

  • Levayer, R. Solid stress, competition for space and cancer: The opposing roles of mechanical cell competition in tumour initiation and growth. Semin Cancer Biol, doi:10.1016/j.semcancer.2019.05.004 (2019). Pubmed


  • Valon, L. and Levayer, R. Dying under pressure: cellular characterisation and in vivo functions of cell death induced by compaction. Biol Cell, doi:10.1111/boc.201800075 (2019) Pubmed

  • Moreno, E., Valon, L., Levillayer, F. & Levayer, R. Competition for Space InducesnCell Elimination through Compaction-Driven ERK Downregulation. Curr Biol, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.11.007 (2018) Pubmed

  • Levayer, R. Cell Competition: How to Take Over the Space Left by Your Neighbours. Dispatch Current Biology 28 (13), R741-R744, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.023 (2018) Pubmed



  •  Levayer, R., Dupont, C. & Moreno, E. Tissue Crowding Induces Caspase-Dependent Competition for Space. Current biology : CB, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.12.072 (2016). Pubmed

  • Merino, M. M.*, Levayer, R.* & Moreno, E. Survival of the Fittest: Essential Roles of Cell Competition in Development, Aging, and Cancer. Trends in cell biology, doi:10.1016/j.tcb.2016.05.009 (2016). Pubmed

      (*: co-first authors)


  • Levayer, R. & Moreno, E. How to be in a good shape? The influence of clone morphology on cell competition.Communicative & Integrative Biology, doi:10.1080/19420889.2015.1102806 (2016). Pubmed


  • Levayer, R., Hauert, B. & Moreno, E. Cell mixing induced by myc is required for competitive tissue invasion and destruction. Nature, 524, 476-480, doi:10.1038/nature14684 (2015). Pubmed


  • Levayer, R. & Moreno, E. Mechanisms of cell competition: Themes and variations. The Journal of cell biology, 200, 689-698 (2013). Pubmed


  • Levayer, R. & Lecuit, T. Oscillation and polarity of E-cadherin asymmetries control actomyosin flow patterns during morphogenesis. Developmental cell, 26(2) 162-75 (2013). Pubmed


  • Levayer, R. Regulation of intercellular adhesion during epithelial morphogenesis. Biologie aujourd'hui, 206, 219-236 (2012) (in French). Pubmed

  • Levayer, R. & Lecuit, T. Biomechanical regulation of contractility: spatial control and dynamics. Trends in cell biology, 22, 61-81 (2012). Pubmed


  • Levayer, R., Pelissier-Monier, A. & Lecuit, T. Spatial regulation of Dia and Myosin-II by RhoGEF2 controls initiation of E-cadherin endocytosis during epithelial morphogenesis. Nature cell biology, 13, 529-540 (2011). Pubmed


  • Levayer, R. & Lecuit, T. Breaking down EMT. Nature cell biology, 10, 757-759 (2008). Pubmed








  • Press release on a new mechanism of replacement of normal cells by pretumoural cells (in french or english).



  • Swiss radio intervention on RTS1 (Science radio program CQFD) speaking about cell mixing and tissue invasion (in french). You can  find the podcast here.


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