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A question of time: tissue adaptation to mechanical forces.

Wyatt, T; Baum, B; Charras, G; (2016) A question of time: tissue adaptation to mechanical forces. Current Opinion on Cell Biology , 38 pp. 68-73. 10.1016/j.ceb.2016.02.012. Green open access

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Abstract

While much attention has been focused on the force-generating mechanisms responsible for shaping developing embryos, less is known about the ways in which cells in animal tissues respond to mechanical stimuli. Forces will arise within a tissue as the result of processes such as local cell death, growth and division, but they can also be an indirect consequence of morphogenetic movements in neighbouring tissues or be imposed from the outside, for example, by gravity. If not dealt with, the accumulation of stress and the resulting tissue deformation can pose a threat to tissue integrity and structure. Here we follow the time-course of events by which cells and tissues return to their preferred state following a mechanical perturbation. In doing so, we discuss the spectrum of biological and physical mechanisms known to underlie mechanical homeostasis in animal tissues.

Type: Article
Title: A question of time: tissue adaptation to mechanical forces.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ceb.2016.02.012
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ceb.2016.02.012
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. This manuscript is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476826
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