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    1. Neuroscience

    Stretching the skin immediately enhances perceived stiffness and gradually enhances the predictive control of grip force

    Mor Farajian et al.
    Elucidating the contribution of augmented artificial skin-stretch stimulation to the fingertips to the immediate illusion of a higher stiffness and to an increased predictive grip force control.
    1. Cell Biology

    Mapping the dynamics of force transduction at cell–cell junctions of epithelial clusters

    Mei Rosa Ng et al.
    The integrated quantification of spontaneous dynamic cell-cell force transmissions at both multi-cellular and subcellular scales enables spatiotemporal correlations of stress distribution with biomolecules in small cell clusters.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Mechanical force regulates tendon extracellular matrix organization and tenocyte morphogenesis through TGFbeta signaling

    Arul Subramanian et al.
    Perturbation of mechanical force at muscle attachments and its effects on tendon morphogenesis provides insights into the mechanisms underlying cellular responses to tensional force and resulting extracellular matrix production.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Collective forces of tumor spheroids in three-dimensional biopolymer networks

    Christoph Mark et al.
    The forces that multicellular tumor aggregates exert on their environment lead to non-linear, scale-invariant tissue deformations far away from the tumor, which can be exploited to quantify its collective contractility.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Single molecule compression reveals intra-protein forces drive cytotoxin pore formation

    Daniel M Czajkowsky et al.
    Compressive force spectroscopy of single molecules reveals that intra-protein forces underlie the long-distance coordination of structural changes within a cytotoxin during pore formation.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Molecular basis of force-from-lipids gating in the mechanosensitive channel MscS

    Bharat Reddy et al.
    The structure of the mechanosensitive channel MscS embedded in a lipid bilayer redefines the nature, location and importance of lipid–protein interactions in the gating of mechanosensitive channels.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Mechanical force induces mitochondrial fission

    Sebastian Carsten Johannes Helle et al.
    Mechanically stimulating mitochondria causes them to divide via the recruitment of the mitochondrial fission machinery to the mechanically strained site, showing that intracellular organelles can be mechanoresponsive.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Resolving dual binding conformations of cellulosome cohesin-dockerin complexes using single-molecule force spectroscopy

    Markus A Jobst et al.
    A single-molecule approach is able to discriminate the redundant binding conformations of cellulosomal dockerin based on differences in their mechanical properties.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cooperative unfolding of distinctive mechanoreceptor domains transduces force into signals

    Lining Ju et al.
    New biophysical methods and analyses visualize in real-time a chain of coordinated single-molecular events on a living cell, enabling the inner workings of a mechanoreceptor important to biology to be elucidated.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Single-molecule force spectroscopy of protein-membrane interactions

    Lu Ma et al.
    A high-resolution method to quantify interactions between lipid bilayers and single proteins under controlled load is presented and applied to key proteins involved in membrane fusion and formation and maintenance of membrane contact sites.