Feeling force: Mechanical transduction by vertebrates and invertebrates

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Detection of mechanical stimuli requires conversion of the signal's inherent information into neuronal electrical signals. Studies of vertebrate hair cells suggest that this is accomplished by elastic links between stereocilia that control the opening of ion channels. Molecular genetics in Caenorhabditis elegans has identified candidate proteins that may be responsible for similar functions in this organism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry and Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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