108 results found
    1. Ecology

    Strong biomechanical relationships bias the tempo and mode of morphological evolution

    Martha M Muñoz et al.
    The rules of biomechanics consistently influence the tempo (rate) and mode (pattern) of evolution across four-bar linkage systems in animals.
    1. Developmental Biology

    A structure-based extracellular matrix expansion mechanism of fibrous tissue growth

    Nicholas S Kalson et al.
    Tendon fibroblast cells lay down a collagen matrix template during embryogenesis, and the expansion of this matrix drives post-natal tissue growth.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Large, long range tensile forces drive convergence during Xenopus blastopore closure and body axis elongation

    David R Shook et al.
    Blastopore closure in Xenopus is driven by two morphogenic mechanisms that have strongly context dependent effects on tissue movement and that generate tensile force across tissues: convergent extension, as expected, and, unexpectedly, convergent thickening.
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    Burst muscle performance predicts the speed, acceleration, and turning performance of Anna’s hummingbirds

    Paolo S Segre et al.
    Maneuverability is thought to be limited by either intrinsic constraints or physiological capacity, and automated tracking of flying hummingbirds reveals that muscle capacity explains much of the variation in their flight trajectories.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Nanoscale dysregulation of collagen structure-function disrupts mechano-homeostasis and mediates pulmonary fibrosis

    Mark G Jones et al.
    Nanoscale changes to individual collagen fibrils drive lung fibrosis.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Fundamental constraints in synchronous muscle limit superfast motor control in vertebrates

    Andrew F Mead et al.
    Vertebrate superfast muscles employ similar excitation–contraction strategies but distinct myosin heavy chain genes to allow superfast performance, revealing a maximum speed that cannot be overcome without sacrificing neural control.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Compound-V formations in shorebird flocks

    Aaron J Corcoran, Tyson L Hedrick
    Shorebird flocks fly in a formation that re-creates the neighbor positioning relationship of a V-formation in cluster flocks of more than 1000 birds.
    1. Neuroscience

    Cortex-dependent recovery of unassisted hindlimb locomotion after complete spinal cord injury in adult rats

    Anitha Manohar et al.
    After complete spinal transection in adult rats, careful combinations of pharmacological and physical therapies create a novel cortical sensorimotor circuit that may bypass the lesion through biomechanical coupling, allowing animals to recover unassisted hindlimb locomotion.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    FBN-1, a fibrillin-related protein, is required for resistance of the epidermis to mechanical deformation during C. elegans embryogenesis

    Melissa Kelley et al.
    A fibrillin-related protein, FBN-1, is a key component of the apical extracellular matrix and prevents epidermal cell deformation by biomechanical forces during morphogenesis of the C. elegans embryo.

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