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Changes in the Mechanical Properties of Arterial Elastin With Cholesterol Effect

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Hyung Jin Sun, Yunjie Wang, Katherine Yanhang Zhang

Boston University, Boston, MA

Paper No. SBC2013-14591, pp. V01BT58A008; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: Extremity; Fluid Mechanics; Gait; Growth, Remodeling, and Repair; Heart Valves; Injury Biomechanics; Mechanotransduction and Sub-Cellular Biophysics; MultiScale Biotransport; Muscle, Tendon and Ligament; Musculoskeletal Devices; Multiscale Mechanics; Thermal Medicine; Ocular Biomechanics; Pediatric Hemodynamics; Pericellular Phenomena; Tissue Mechanics; Biotransport Design and Devices; Spine; Stent Device Hemodynamics; Vascular Solid Mechanics; Student Paper and Design Competitions
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5561-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Elastin is a protein in the extracellular matrix that provides critical mechanical properties of elasticity and extensibility to many connective tissues, including arteries. Such properties of elastin allow arteries to accommodate deformations encountered during physiological functions. Elastin is subjected to changes in mechanical properties upon exposure to various chemical environments. Elastin is a hydrophobic protein, which makes it an attractive site for the deposition of hydrophobic ligands such as cholesterol [1]. Cholesterol is a type of lipid that gradually builds up along arterial wall with aging and pathological conditions.

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