Mareike Zink

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Biomechanical properties of tumor cells play an important role for the metastatic capacity of cancer. Cellular changes of viscoelastic features are prerequisite for cancer progression since they are essential for proliferation and metastasis. However, only little is known about the way how expression of oncogenes influences these biomechanical properties.(More)
Optical traps such as tweezers and stretchers are widely used to probe the mechanical properties of cells. Beyond their large range of applications, the use of infrared laser light in optical traps causes significant heating effects in the cell. This study investigated the effect of laser-induced heating on cell viability. Common viability assays are not(More)
Investigations of active contractions in tissue cells to date have been focused on cells that exert forces via adhesion sites to substrates or to other cells. In this study we show that also suspended epithelial cells exhibit contractility, revealing that contractions can occur independently of focal adhesions. We employ the Optical Stretcher to measure(More)
Ferromagnetic shape memory (FMSM) alloys constitute an exciting new class of smart materials that can yield magnetically switchable strains of several percent at constant temperatures and frequencies from quasi-static up to some kilohertz. In addition to their FMSM properties, these alloys can still be operated as conventional shape memory materials and(More)
Cells require adhesion to survive, proliferate and migrate, as well as for wound healing and many other functions. The strength of contractile cell forces on an underlying surface is a highly relevant quantity to measure the affinity of cells to a rigid surface with and without coating. Here we show with experimental and theoretical studies that these(More)
The Microfluidic Optical Stretcher (MOS) has previously been shown to be a versatile tool to measure mechanical properties of single suspended cells. In this study we combine optical stretching and fluorescent calcium imaging. A cell line transfected with a heat sensitive cation channel was used as a model system to show the versatility of the setup. The(More)
Microgrooved surfaces have been used extensively to influence cell contact guidance. Guiding cell growth, extracellular matrix deposition, and mineralization is important for bone implant longevity. In this study, we investigated the osteoblast response to microgrooved metallic surfaces in serum-supplemented medium. Groove spacing was comparable with the(More)
Organotypic tissue cultures are highly promising for performing in vivo type studies in vitro. Currently, however, very limited survival times of only a few days for adult tissue often severely limit their application. Here, superhydrophilic nanostructured substrates with ideal material properties ensure tissue adhesion, essential for organotypic culture,(More)
The optical stretcher, developed in our lab, is a technology to contact-free measure cellular mechanical properties with a through-put of several hundred cells per hour. Even without any biomolecular information, our approach clearly shows that the deformation of cells reflects enough information to distinguish different cell types and detect aging effects.(More)
Oscillations in the lateral pressure of lipid monolayers induced by nonlinear chemical dynamics of the second messengers MARCKS and protein kinase C Biophysical Journal, accepted, 2010