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Passive and active single-cell biomechanics: a new perspective in cancer diagnosis

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Abstract

The relationship between biological cells' mechanical behavior and their underlying molecular structures and cellular dynamics opens new perspectives for polymer physics. Intracellular organization and cellular stability rely on an active polymer scaffold, the cytoskeleton, which is unparalleled in the synthetic world. Here, we highlight micro- and nanotechnology-based methods that have been used to study the active and passive biomechanical properties of living cells. Correlating viscoelastic properties with the metastatic potential of the cells could produce new insights into the processes of cell migration and metastasis.

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The article was received on 02 May 2008, accepted on 19 Feb 2009 and first published on 18 Mar 2009


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B807545J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 2171-2178
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    Passive and active single-cell biomechanics: a new perspective in cancer diagnosis

    C. Brunner, A. Niendorf and J. A. Käs, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 2171
    DOI: 10.1039/B807545J

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