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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
Copyright © 2000 by ASME
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Six-strut tensegrity structure. Struts: AA,BB,CC; cables: AB,AC,BC. Stretching force T/2 is applied at the endpoints A.
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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).
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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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