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Tensional Homeostasis

  • Inkyung Kang
  • Valerie M. Weaver
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_5727-2


A mechano-regulatory network that integrates physical and biochemical cues from the tissue microenvironment through mechano-responsive elements such as transmembrane integrins to evoke cytoskeletal reorganization and actomyosin contractility, thereby altering signal transduction and gene expression to modulate cell and tissue phenotype.


Cells and tissues experience and respond to externally applied mechanical force through mechano-responsive elements that influence signal transduction and result in the generation of reciprocal intracellular force or contractility. The types of mechanical stress a cell can experience include compressive or tensile stress which is applied perpendicular to the surface of the cell and shear stress which is applied parallel to the surface of the cell. For example, osteoblasts and chondrocytes within bone and cartilage are subjected to compressive force induced by walking, lung alveolar cells experience tensile load resulting from...


Focal Adhesion Kinase Focal Adhesion Mammographic Density Actomyosin Contractility Integrin Adhesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA