Mechanical Forces Play Major Role in Regulating Cells, Georgia Tech and Emory University Study  
3/20/2013 7:01:32 AM

Researchers have for the first time demonstrated that mechanical forces can control the depolymerization of actin, a critical protein that provides the major force-bearing structure in the cytoskeletons of cells. The research suggests that forces applied both externally and internally may play a much larger role than previously believed in regulating a range of processes inside cells.