Mechanically optimized orientation of intracellular stress fibers under cyclic stretch

Hiroshi Yamada, Tohru Takemasa, Takami Yamaguchi

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To elucidate the orientation of stress fibers in a cultured endothelial cell under cyclic stretch, we hypothesized that a stress fiber aligns so as to minimize the summation of its length change under cyclic stretch, and that there is a limit in the sensitivity of cellular response to the mechanical stimulus. Results from numerical simulations based on the continuum mechanics describe the experimental observations under uniaxial stretch well. They give us an insight to the biological phenomenon of the orientation in stress fibers under biaxial stretch from the viewpoint of mechanical engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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