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Fluid-Structure Interaction Modelling Predicts That Strain Transfer Through Focal Attachments of Osteoblast Cells are the Primary Mediators of Mechanical Stimulation Under Fluid Flow

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T. J. Vaughan, M. G. Haugh, L. M. McNamara

National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland

Paper No. SBC2013-14259, pp. V01AT09A012; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Active and Reactive Soft Matter; Atherosclerosis; BioFluid Mechanics; Education; Biotransport Phenomena; Bone, Joint and Spine Mechanics; Brain Injury; Cardiac Mechanics; Cardiovascular Devices, Fluids and Imaging; Cartilage and Disc Mechanics; Cell and Tissue Engineering; Cerebral Aneurysms; Computational Biofluid Dynamics; Device Design, Human Dynamics, and Rehabilitation; Drug Delivery and Disease Treatment; Engineered Cellular Environments
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5560-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Bone continuously adapts its internal structure to accommodate the functional demands of its mechanical environment. It has been proposed that indirect strain-induced flow of interstitial fluid surrounding bone cells may be the primary mediator of mechanical stimuli in-vivo [1]. Due to the practical difficulties in ascertaining whether interstitial fluid flow is indeed the primary mediator of mechanical stimuli in the in vivo environment, much of the evidence supporting this theory has been established through in vitro investigations that have observed cellular activity in response to fluid flow imposed by perfusion chambers [2]. While such in vitro experiments have identified key mechanisms involved in the mechanotransduction process, the exact mechanical stimulus being imparted to cells within a monolayer is unknown [3]. Furthermoreit is not clear whether the mechanical stimulation is comparable between different experimental systems or, more importantly, is representative of physiological loading conditions experienced by bone cells in vivo.

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