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Computational Modeling of Cell Orientation in 3D Micro-Constructs

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Christine Obbink-Huizer, Cees W. J. Oomens, Sandra Loerakker, Jasper Foolen, Carlijn V. C. Bouten, Frank P. T. Baaijens

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Paper No. SBC2013-14252, pp. V01AT17A006; 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


In many tissue engineering applications it is essential to understand how cells orient under the influence of their mechanical environment. In vitro engineered models are used to investigate the orientation of F-actin stress fibers inside cells. One such in vitro model [1] consists of a mixture of cells, collagen and matrigel, that is constrained by an array of silicone posts (Figure 1). We have recently developed a computational model to describe the orientation of stress fibers in response to their mechanical environment [2]. In the present study, this computational model is extended to 3D and used to simulate cell behavior in the mentioned in vitro model. This improves our understanding of how stress fibers orient in response to the mechanical environment and aids in optimizing the use of the in vitro model.

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