Universal physical responses to stretch in the living cell

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Universal physical responses to stretch in the living cell, Xavier Trepat, Linhong Deng, Steven S. An, Daniel Navajas, Daniel J. Tschumperlin, William T. Gerthoffer, James P. Butler & Jeffrey J. Fredberg Nature 447 p.529 (2007) [1]

Soft Matter Keywords

Cytoskeleton, Fluidization, Cell Mechanics

Brief Summary

The mechanical response of living cells to transient stretching is studied. The dependence (or lack there of) of the post-stretch dynamics is also investigated. The study found universal aspects to post-stretching recovery in cells treated with a broad spectrum of drugs.

Soft Matter

Figure 1: Schematic of single cell force spectroscopy (SCFS) with an AFM cantilever.