With the recent development of new experimental approaches and methodologies, it is becoming clear that cells and tissues are not regulated by biochemical signals alone. Indeed, physical cues arising in the biological microenvironment are directly coupled to the biochemical regulation of living systems. This book provides a broad overview of how me
Micromechanical Cues Converging on Fibroblasts, Cardiac Myocytes and Stem Cells. How Microbes Sense and Respond to Force: a Single-Molecule View. Modulating Cell Adhesion by Non-Covalent Ligand Attachment. Traction Microscopy. The Mechanical Regulation of Myofibroblasts. Mechanically Guided Matrix Remodeling and Prevention of Fibrosis in Regenerative Medicine. Interstitial Fluid Flow Mechanosensing: Mechanisms and Consequences. Mechanical Properties of Cytoskeletal Structures and their Response to Externally Applied Forces. Shape and Mechanical Cues Underlying Cellular Homeostasis in Soft Organs. Muscle Contraction and Sarcomere Length Non-Uniformities. Microfluidic Modeling of Cancer Metastasis. Engineering Strategies to Recapitulate the Tumor Microenvironment. Micropost Methods for Cell Biomechanics of the Cardiovascular System. Dynamic Mechanical Environments to Quantify and Control Cellular Dynamics. Tip Growth in Walled Cells: Cellular Expansion and Invasion Mechanisms. Expansive Growth of Cells with Walls: Force Generation and Growth Regulation.