Mechanosensing can result from adhesion molecule dynamics

Paulina Krzyszczyk, Charles W. Wolgemuth

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When plated onto a substrate, cells spread. Many cell types, including smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts, spread more effectively on stiffer substrates, and a simple empirical relationship has been determined that relates a cell's spread area to the substrate stiffness. In addition, some crawling cells when plated onto a stiff substrate will not migrate onto soft substrate, a process called "durotaxis". Here we show that the resistive force predicted previously for dynamic adhesion molecules can account for both of these mechanosensory effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L53-L55
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 16 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics


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