Cheng Dong, Geert W. Schmid-Schoenbein, Richard Skalak

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The rheological behavior of white blood cells is important to their passage through the microcirculation and to their egress into surrounding tissue in inflammation or infection. White blood cells exhibit a passive viscoelastic behavior and are also capable of active motion and migration when exposed to a chemotactic agent. In the present paper, a phase of the passive response is treated which simulates the behavior of the cell as a whole, rather than only a small portion. The particular phase modelled here is the recovery of a leukocyte to a spherical shape after deformation to a sausage shape by aspiration into a pipette. After expulsion from the pipette, the cell deformation is recorded on video-tape and the major and minor diameters are measured later. The cells were suspended in a medium that prevented active motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-166
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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