Institute for Medicine and Engineering Papers

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

March 2003


Reprinted from Live Cell Imaging: A Laboratory Manual, edited by Robert D. Goldman and David Spector (Cold Spring Harbor, New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2005), chapter 33.


Cellular responses to mechanical stimuli are implicated in the structural and functional adaptation of many tissues. For example, cellular mechanisms mediate bone and skeletal muscle remodeling during mechanical loading, lung function during ventilator-induced injury, hearing loss in the inner ear, and blood flow-mediated cardiovascular pathophysiology. Since much of our own work investigates vascular biomechanics, we will focus in this chapter on the techniques used to study vascular endothelial cells in vitro; however, similar techniques can be used to study other cell types.

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Date Posted: 03 August 2007