Structural Modeling of Mechanosensitivity in Non-Muscle Cells: Multiscale Approach to Understand Cell Sensing. Journal Article uri icon



  • The contraction and spreading of nonmuscle cells are important phenomena in a number of cellular processes such as differentiation, morphogenesis, and tissue growth. Recent experimental work has shown that the topology and the mechanical properties of the underlying substrate play a significant role in directing the cell's response. In this work, we introduce a multiscale model to understand the sensing, activation, and contraction of the actin cytoskeleton of nonmuscle cells based on the idea that acto-myosin cross-bridges display a catch-bond response. After investigating the respective roles of bond catchiness and acto-myosin assembly on the mechano-sensitivity of stress fibers, we present full simulations of cells laying on arrays of micropillars. Model predictions show good qualitative agreements with experimental observation, suggesting that acto-myosin catch bonds are a major mechano-sensing element in nonmuscle cells.

publication date

  • January 1, 2017

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Date in CU Experts

  • February 5, 2017 8:46 AM

Full Author List

  • Akalp U; Schnatwinkel C; Stoykovich MP; Bryant SJ; Vernerey FJ

author count

  • 5

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2373-9878

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 2934

end page

  • 2942


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