Micropipette Aspiration of Oocytes to Assess Cortical Tension

Janice Perry Evans, Douglas Robinson

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Just as it is important to understand the cell biology of signaling pathways, it is valuable also to understand mechanical forces in cells. The field of mechanobiology has a rich history, including study of cellular mechanics during mitosis and meiosis in echinoderm oocytes and zygotes dating back to the 1930s. This chapter addresses the use of micropipette aspiration (MPA) to assess cellular mechanics, specifically cortical tension, in mammalian oocytes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745



  • Cellular mechanics
  • Meiosis
  • Mitosis
  • Signaling pathways

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

Cite this

Evans, J. P., & Robinson, D. (2018). Micropipette Aspiration of Oocytes to Assess Cortical Tension. In Methods in Molecular Biology (pp. 163-171). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1818). Humana Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-8603-3_17