Mechano-transduction: from molecules to tissues.
- Author(s): Pruitt, Beth L
- Dunn, Alexander R
- Weis, William I
- Nelson, W James
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001996
External forces play complex roles in cell organization, fate, and homeostasis. Changes in these forces, or how cells respond to them, can result in abnormal embryonic development and diseases in adults. How cells sense and respond to these mechanical stimuli requires an understanding of the biophysical principles that underlie changes in protein conformation and result in alterations in the organization and function of cells and tissues. Here, we discuss mechano-transduction as it applies to protein conformation, cellular organization, and multi-cell (tissue) function.