Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Molecular structures that trigger biological reactions based on mechanical forces


These molecules are responsible to elicit a procedure known as mechanotransduction. Mechanical forces influence these molecules to trigger biological reactions. Eukaryotic cells contain these mechanosensory structures. There have been attempts to understand the exact functions of these molecules using a number of advanced techniques.


These are the molecules or structures that may experience a conformational change and whose interaction with other molecules is affected by mechanical forces. In some cases, the forces applied on molecules are required to trigger biologically significant reactions (Shen et al. 2017).

The mechanosensors in the cell are responsible for the process called mechanotransduction, which refers to the physiological processes through which living cells sense and respond to mechanical...

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  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

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  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus