The Elephant in the Cell: Nuclear Mechanics and Mechanobiology

Michelle L. Jones, Kris Noel Dahl, Tanmay P. Lele, Daniel E. Conway, Vivek Shenoy, Soham Ghosh, Spencer E. Szczesny

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The 2021 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C) featured a workshop titled "The Elephant in the Room: Nuclear Mechanics and Mechanobiology." The goal of this workshop was to provide a perspective from experts in the field on the current understanding of nuclear mechanics and its role in mechanobiology. This paper reviews the major themes and questions discussed during the workshop, including historical context on the initial methods of measuring the mechanical properties of the nucleus and classifying the primary structures dictating nuclear mechanics, physical plasticity of the nucleus, the emerging role of the linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complex in coupling the nucleus to the cytoplasm and driving the behavior of individual cells and multicellular assemblies, and the computational models currently in use to investigate the mechanisms of gene expression and cell signaling. Ongoing questions and controversies, along with promising future directions, are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Biomechanical Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physiology (medical)


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