Collective dynamics of actomyosin cortex endow cells with intrinsic mechanosensing properties

@inproceedings{tienne2014CollectiveDO,
  title={Collective dynamics of actomyosin cortex endow cells with intrinsic mechanosensing properties},
  author={Jocelyn {\'E}tienne and Jonathan Fouchard and D{\'e}mosth{\`e}ne Mitrossilis and Nathalie Bufi and Pauline Durand-Smet and Atef Asnacios},
  year={2014}
}
Living cells adapt and respond actively to the mechanical properties of their environment. In addition to biochemical mechanotransduction, evidence exists for a myosin-dependent, purely mechanical sensitivity to the stiffness of the surroundings at the scale of the whole cell. Using a minimal model of the dynamics of actomyosin cortex, we show that the interplay of myosin power strokes with the rapidly remodelling actin network results in a regulation of force and cell shape that adapts to the… 
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