Dictyostelium discoideum Protocols pp 367-382

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 983)

Micropipette Aspiration for Studying Cellular Mechanosensory Responses and Mechanics



Micropipette aspiration (MPA) is a widely applied method for studying cortical tension and deformability. Based on simple hydrostatic principles, this assay allows the application of a specific magnitude of mechanical stress on cells. This powerful method has revealed insights about cell mechanics and mechanosensing, not only in Dictyostelium discoideum but also in other cell types. In this chapter, we present how to set up a micropipette aspiration system and the experimental procedures for determining cortical tension and mechanosensory responses.

Key words

Micropipette aspiration Cell mechanics Cortical tension Mechanosensing Mechanosensory response 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cell BiologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiophysicsJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Cell Biology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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