Mechanics of vimentin intermediate filaments

  title={Mechanics of vimentin intermediate filaments},
  author={Ning Wang and Dimitrijie Stamenovic},
  journal={Journal of Muscle Research & Cell Motility},
It is increasingly evident that the cytoskeleton of living cells plays important roles in mechanical and biological functions of the cells. Here we focus on the contribution of intermediate filaments (IFs) to the mechanical behaviors of living cells. Vimentin, a major structural component of IFs is many cell types, is shown to play an important role in vital mechanical and biological functions such as cell contractility, migration, stifness, stiffening, and proliferation. 

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