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Cells are mechanically coupled to their extracellular environments, which play critical roles in both communicating the state of the mechanical environment to the cell as well as in mediating cellular response to a variety of stimuli. Along with the molecular composition and mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM), recent work has(More)
Interstitial fluid flow has been shown to affect the organization and behavior of cells in 3D environments in vivo and in vitro, yet the forces driving such responses are not clear. Due to the complex architecture of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and the difficulty of measuring fluid flow near cells embedded in it, the levels of shear stress experienced by(More)
Interstitial flow is an important regulator of various cell behaviors both in vitro and in vivo, yet the forces that fluid flow imposes on cells embedded in a 3D extracellular matrix (ECM), and the effects of matrix architecture on those forces, are not well understood. Here, we demonstrate how fiber alignment can affect the shear and pressure forces on the(More)
The reactivity of a series of substituted vinyl ketone nitroxides with an integral membrane protein, the Na,K-ATPase, is described. Increasing the electrophilicity of the conjugated double bond enhances reactivity markedly, with some spin labels showing higher reactivity than the conventionally used maleimide derivatives. The spectroscopic characteristics(More)
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