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Theoretical Predictions Of Electromechanical Deformation Of Cells Subjected To High Voltages For Membrane Electroporation, R. P. Joshi, Q. Hu, K. H. Schoenbach, H. P. Hjalmarson Jan 2002

Theoretical Predictions Of Electromechanical Deformation Of Cells Subjected To High Voltages For Membrane Electroporation, R. P. Joshi, Q. Hu, K. H. Schoenbach, H. P. Hjalmarson

Bioelectrics Publications

An electromechanical analysis based on thin-shell theory is presented to analyze cell shape changes in response to external electric fields. This approach can be extended to include osmotic-pressure changes. Our calculations demonstrate that at large fields, the spherical cell geometry can be significantly modified, and even ellipsoidal forms would be inappropriate to account for the deformation. Values of the surface forces obtained from our calculations are in very good agreement with the 1–10 mN/m range for membrane rupture reported in the literature. The results, in keeping with reports in the literature, demonstrate that the final shape depends on ...