Sticky chain model for shear response of red blood cells

Gan Yun Huang, Yiu Wing Mai

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A sticky chain model has been proposed to describe the unfolding of spectrin network under applied mechanical loads. With the model, the response of a red blood cell (RBC) under static and cyclic shear loading has been predicted, which agrees qualitatively with relevant experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2349-2352
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Red blood cell
  • Shear
  • Spectrin network
  • Sticky chain model
  • Unfolding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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