Micropipette aspiration for studying cellular mechanosensory responses and mechanics

Yee Seir Kee, Douglas N. Robinson

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Micropipette aspiration (MPA) is a widely applied method for studying cortical tension and deformability. Based on simple hydrostatic principles, this assay allows the application of a specific magnitude of mechanical stress on cells. This powerful method has revealed insights about cell mechanics and mechanosensing, not only in Dictyostelium discoideum but also in other cell types. In this chapter, we present how to set up a micropipette aspiration system and the experimental procedures for determining cortical tension and mechanosensory responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDictyostelium discoideum Protocols
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781627033015
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Cell mechanics
  • Cortical tension
  • Mechanosensing
  • Mechanosensory response
  • Micropipette aspiration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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