Mechanical Forces Play Major Role in Regulating Cells, Georgia Tech and Emory University Study

Published: Mar 20, 2013

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.

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