Cellular and Biomolecular Mechanics and Mechanobiology

Volume 4 of the series Studies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials pp 177-200


Nanotechnology Usages for Cellular Adhesion and Traction Forces

  • Sangyoon J. HanAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
  • , Nathan J. SniadeckiAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, University of WashingtonDepartment of Bioengineering, University of Washington Email author 

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Cell mechanobiology studies have incorporated micro- and nanotechnology-based tools to understand the interaction between cells and their surrounding environment. These tools have helped to uncover findings that physical factors in the extracellular matrix can strongly affect important cell functions like proliferation, migration, differentiation, and survival. Here, we review the nanotechnologies that have been used for cellular adhesions and traction forces and the findings that have come at the molecular and protein level.