Recent evidence suggests that stem cell differentiation can be regulated by modulation of the cell’s biomechanics. The cytoskeletal structures and arrangements in stem cells undergoing differentiation are dramatically altered, and these alterations vary by lineage. The complexity of events associated with the transformation of these precursor cells leaves many questions unanswered about morphological, structural, proteomic, and functional changes in differentiating stem cells. A thorough understanding of stem cell behavior, both experimentally and computationally, would allow for the development of more effective approaches to the expansion of stem cells in vitro and for the regulation of their commitment to a specific phenotype.

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