Rigidity sensing explained by active matter theory

Philippe Marcq, Natsuhiko Yoshinaga, Jacques Prost

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The magnitude of traction forces exerted by living animal cells on their environment is a monotonically increasing and approximately sigmoidal function of the stiffness of the external medium. We rationalize this observation using active matter theory, and propose that adaptation to substrate rigidity results from an interplay between passive elasticity and active contractility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L33-L35
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sept 21


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