Relationship between microtubule network structure and Intracellular transport in cultured endothelial cells affected by shear stress

Susumu Kudo, Kenji Ikezawa, Mariko Ikeda, Kazuo Tanishita

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Endothelial cells (ECs) that line the inner surface of blood vessels are barriers to the transport of various substances into or from vessel walls, and are continuously exposed to shear stress induced by blood flow in vivo. Shear stress affects the cytoskeleton (e.g., microtubules, microfilaments, intermediate filaments), and affects the transport of macromolecules. Here, the relationship between the microtubule network structure and this transport process for albumin uptake within cultured aortic endothelial cells affected by shear stress was studied. Based on fluorescent images of albumin uptake obtained by using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), both the microtubule network and albumin uptake in ECs were disrupted by colchicine and were affected by shear stress loading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-984
Number of pages8
JournalJSME International Journal, Series C: Mechanical Systems, Machine Elements and Manufacturing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec
Externally publishedYes



  • Albumin
  • Bio-fluid mechanics
  • Biological engineering
  • Endothelial cells
  • Microtubule
  • Shear flow
  • Transport
  • Vesicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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