- Hochmuth, R.M. and Needham, D. and Ting-Beall, H.P., Deformation and flow of neutrophils and monocytes,
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED, vol. 20
pp. 417 - 419 .
(last updated on 2007/04/06)
It is shown that neutrophils and monocytes behave more like a liquid than a solid. These cells behave more like a Newtonian liquid drop with a constant cortical tension. From studies of the flow and deformation of neutrophils, ti can be seen that the cell's complex cytoplasmic fluid has a distinctily non-Newtonian character. It responds elastically when deformed rapidly, bit its elastic memory fades quickly - in less than five seconds.
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