Microfluidic technology in vascular research: the endothelial response to shear stress

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Vascular endothelial cells form the inner lining of all blood vessels. These cells are highly responsive to the shear stress that is caused by blood flowing over their surface. In this thesis, several aspects of the endothelial response to shear stress are studied. The experiments focus on signal transduction, cytoskeletal remodeling, migration, micromechanical changes and uptake of low density lipoprotein. Most of these experiments were performed by using microfluidic set-ups. In these set-ups, cells are cultured and subjected to experimental conditions in micrometer-sized channels. Several advantages and challenges associated with applying this new technology in vascular research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • Vermes, I., Supervisor
  • Feijen, J., Supervisor
  • Poot, A.A., Co-Supervisor
Award date10 Mar 2010
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-2978-5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2010


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