The many ways adherent cells respond to applied stretch. Academic Article uri icon


  • Cells in various tissues are subjected to mechanical stress and strain that have profound effects on cell architecture and function. The specific response of the cell to applied strain depends on multiple factors, including cell contractility, spatial and temporal strain pattern, and substrate dimensionality and rigidity. Recent work has demonstrated that the cell response to applied strain depends on a complex combination of these factors, but the way these factors interact to elicit a specific response is not intuitive. We submit that an understanding of the integrated response of a cell to these factors will provide new insight into mechanobiology and contribute to the effective design of deformable engineered scaffolds meant to provide appropriate mechanical cues to the resident cells.

published proceedings

  • J Biomech

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Sears, C., & Kaunas, R.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Sears, Candice||Kaunas, Roland

publication date

  • January 2016