A Quantitative Model of Cellular Elasticity Based on Tensegrity

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Dimitrije Stamenović, Mark F. Coughlin

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

J Biomech Eng 122(1), 39-43 (Oct 05, 1999) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.429631 History: Received July 14, 1998; Revised October 05, 1999
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Grahic Jump Location
Six-strut tensegrity structure. Struts: AA,BB,CC; cables: AB,AC,BC. Stretching force T/2 is applied at the endpoints A.
Grahic Jump Location
Young’s modulus (E0) versus strut length (L0). Lines: predicted upper bound (UB) and lower bound (LB) of E0; dots: data from mechanical measurements on endothelial (Endo), epithelial (Epi), fibroblast (Fibro), and smooth muscle (SM) cells that are either spread (S), round (R), or exposed to shear flow (F).
Grahic Jump Location
Critical buckling force of a microtubule (P0,max) versus length (L0) relationship obtained from Eq. (7) for a bending stiffness Bm=21.5 pN⋅μm2




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