Michael J Unterberger

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The mechanical properties of a cell are defined mainly by the cytoskeleton. One contributor within this three-dimensional structure is the actin cortex which is located underneath the lipid bilayer. It forms a nearly isotropic and densely cross-linked protein network. We present a continuum mechanical formulation for describing the mechanical properties of(More)
Structurally motivated material models may provide increased insights into the underlying mechanics and physics of arteries under physiological loading conditions. We propose a multiscale model for arterial tissue capturing three different scales (i) a single collagen fibre; (ii) bundle of collagen fibres; and (iii) collagen network within the tissue. The(More)
Filamentous actin is one of the main constituents of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton. The actin cortex, a densely cross-linked network, resides underneath the lipid bilayer. In the present work we propose a continuum mechanical formulation for describing the viscoelastic properties of in vitro actin networks, which serve as model systems for the cortex, by(More)
The remarkable mechanical properties of cartilage derive from an interplay of isotropically distributed, densely packed and negatively charged proteoglycans; a highly anisotropic and inhomogeneously oriented fiber network of collagens; and an interstitial electrolytic fluid. We propose a new 3D finite strain constitutive model capable of simultaneously(More)
Cross-linked actin networks are important building blocks of the cytoskeleton. In order to gain deeper insight into the interpretation of experimental data on actin networks, adequate models are required. In this paper we introduce an affine constitutive network model for cross-linked F-actin networks based on nonlinear continuum mechanics, and specialize(More)
The protein actin is a part of the cytoskeleton and, therefore, responsible for the mechanical properties of the cells. Starting with the single molecule up to the final structure, actin creates a hierarchical structure of several levels exhibiting a remarkable behavior. The hierarchy spans several length scales and limitations in computational power;(More)
OBJECTIVE Computer-aided auscultation in the differentiation of pathologic (AHA class I) from no or innocent murmurs (AHA class III) would be of great value to the general practitioner. This would allow objective screening for structural heart disease, standardized documentation of auscultation findings, and may avoid unnecessary referrals to pediatric(More)
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