Local Bending Fluctuations of the Cell Membrane

  • Rafi Korenstein
  • Shmuel Tuvia
  • Leonid Mittelman
  • Shlomo Levin
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 84)


Submicron mechanical fluctuations of the cell membrane are a newly recognized dynamical activity of the living cell (Krol et al., 1990; Levin and Korenstein, 1991; Mittelman et al., 1991; Tuvia et al., 1992a). These fluctuations consist of 300-20nm reversible displacements of the cell membrane in the frequency range of 0.3-30Hz, correspondingly. Submicron cell membrane fluctuations (CMF) were observed in different types of cells including red blood cells (Krol et al., 1990, Levin and Korenstein, 1991) monocytes, lymphocytes, 3T6 fibroblasts, cardiomyocytes (Krol et al., 1990) and murine lymphoma cells (Mittelman et al., 1991).


Atrial Natriuretic Peptide Displacement Amplitude Fluctuation Amplitude Cell Filterability Membrane Skeleton 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafi Korenstein
    • 1
  • Shmuel Tuvia
    • 1
  • Leonid Mittelman
    • 1
  • Shlomo Levin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and Pharmacology Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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