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Biomechanical and Microstructural Properties of Fibulin-5 Null Mice

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William Wan, Rudolph L. Gleason, Jr.

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Hiromi Yanagisawa

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Paper No. SBC2009-206435, pp. 1311-1312; 2 pages
  • ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Lake Tahoe, California, USA, June 17–21, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4891-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Fibulin-5 is an extracellular matrix (ECM) protein that interacts with integrins and plays a critical role in organizing elastic fibers. Gross observation and histological examination reveal that carotid arteries from fibulin-5 knockout (fib5-/-) mice have disrupted elastic lamellae and are more tortuous [1]. The properties of fibulin-5 null mice provide a unique platform for developing constituent based models for vascular mechanics. While numerous models for blood vessels exist, there is a need to relate measurable microstructural metrics of structurally-based constitutive relations. We performed mechanical tests on carotid arteries from wildtype (WT) and fib5-/-mice and imaged live vessels under multiple loading scenarios to quantify microstructure during deformation. We also fit experimental results to a constitutive relation based on Holzapfel’s model [2]. These results provide a basis for further model development.

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