Comment on the article by J. Elgeti, U. B. Kaupp, and G. Gompper: Hydrodynamics of sperm cells near surfaces

D. J. Smith, E. A. Gaffney, H. Shum, Hermes Gadelha, J. Kirkman-Brown

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A recent study by Elgeti et al. used multiparticle collision dynamics to simulate a long-standing problem: the approach of sperm to surfaces, and subsequent accumulation. The authors highlight differences in their predictions with those of the earlier Stokes flow simulations of Smith et al. attributing the differences to methodological flaws in the earlier article. In this Comment, we discuss the criticisms leveled in detail, and review some recently published work that shows how species-specific details of cell morphology provides a more likely explanation for the differing predictions of the two studies. We also highlight experimental work that supports the study of Smith et al.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2318-2320
Number of pages3
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2011

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