Stretchy proteins on stretchy substrates: The important elements of integrin-mediated rigidity sensing

Simon W. Moore, Pere Roca-Cusachs, Michael Sheetz

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Abstract

Matrix and tissue rigidity guides many cellular processes, including the differentiation of stem cells and the migration of cells in health and disease. Cells actively and transiently test rigidity using mechanisms limited by inherent physical parameters that include the strength of extracellular attachments, the pulling capacity on these attachments, and the sensitivity of the mechanotransduction system. Here, we focus on rigidity sensing mediated through the integrin family of extracellular matrix receptors and linked proteins and discuss the evidence supporting these proteins as mechanosensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-206
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental Cell
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology

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