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Increasing evidences show that the actin cytoskeleton is a key parameter of the nuclear remodeling process in response to the modifications of cellular morphology. However, detailed information on the interaction between the actin cytoskeleton and the nuclear lamina was still lacking. We addressed this question by constraining endothelial cells on(More)
This protocol describes a simple method to deposit protein micropatterns over a wide range of culture substrate stiffness (three orders of magnitude) by using two complementary polymeric substrates. In the first part, we introduce a novel polyacrylamide hydrogel, called hydroxy-polyacrylamide (PAAm), that permits to surmount the intrinsically nonadhesive(More)
Alterations of the axonal morphology are key signatures of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although the pathobiology of axonal injury has been extensively investigated, the vulnerability of the axonal microcompartment over the soma was still misunderstood. We hypothesized that the soma and the axon of neurons display opposite mechanical behaviors, rendering(More)
The mechanical properties of living cells reflect their propensity to migrate and respond to external forces. Both cellular and nuclear stiffnesses are strongly influenced by the rigidity of the extracellular matrix (ECM) through reorganization of the cyto- and nucleoskeletal protein connections. Changes in this architectural continuum affect cell mechanics(More)
The ability to construct easily in vitro networks of primary neurons organized with imposed topologies is required for neural tissue engineering as well as for the development of neuronal interfaces with desirable characteristics. However, accumulating evidence suggests that the mechanical properties of the culture matrix can modulate important neuronal(More)
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