Roberto Bernal

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The mechanical response of PC12 neurites under tension is investigated using a microneedle technique. Elastic response, viscoelastic relaxation, and active contraction are observed. The mechanical model proposed by Dennerll et al. [J. Cell Biol. 109, 3073 (1989).10.1083/jcb.109.6.3073], which involves three mechanical devices--a stiff spring kappa coupled(More)
Utilizing the full mechanical capabilities of individual carbon nanotubes (CNT) – which can exhibit tensile strength and elastic modulus of up to 1TPa and 100 GPa, respectively [ 1–4 ] – has motivated a great deal of interest in CNT based nanocom-posite materials. [ 5–10 ] Despite this signifi cant scientifi c effort, the strength, modulus, and toughness of(More)
We investigate the mechanical response of PC12 neurites subjected to a drag force imposed by a laminar flow perpendicular to the neurite axis. The curvature of the catenary shape acquired by an initially straight neurite under the action of the drag force provides information on both elongation and tension of the neurite. This method allows us to measure(More)
Several isolates of a novel begomovirus were characterized from tomato samples collected in northern Uruguay exhibiting disease symptoms associated with Bemisia tabaci infestations. Analysis of full-length sequences of DNA-A and DNA-B components revealed the presence of a new begomovirus with the typical genome organization of a New World begomovirus, for(More)
Starting from a polymeric-fluid droplet, by vulcanization of the fluid free surface, curved elastic membranes, several nanometers thick and a few millimeters in diameter, which enclose a constant fluid volume, are produced. In an indentation-type test, carried out by pushing the membrane along its normal by means of a micro-needle, under some conditions,(More)
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