Mechanical Properties of the Compass Depressors of the Sea-Urchin Paracentrotus lividus (Echinodermata, Echinoidea) and the Effects of Enzymes, Neurotransmitters and Synthetic Tensilin-Like Protein

@inproceedings{Wilkie2015MechanicalPO,
  title={Mechanical Properties of the Compass Depressors of the Sea-Urchin Paracentrotus lividus (Echinodermata, Echinoidea) and the Effects of Enzymes, Neurotransmitters and Synthetic Tensilin-Like Protein},
  author={Iain C Wilkie and Dario Fassini and Emanuele Cullor{\`a} and Alice Barbaglio and Serena Tricarico and Michela Sugni and Luca Del Giacco and Maria Daniela Candia Carnevali},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
The compass depressors (CDs) of the sea-urchin lantern are ligaments consisting mainly of discontinuous collagen fibrils associated with a small population of myocytes. They are mutable collagenous structures, which can change their mechanical properties rapidly and reversibly under nervous control. The aims of this investigation were to characterise the baseline (i.e. unmanipulated) static mechanical properties of the CDs of Paracentrotus lividus by means of creep tests and incremental force… CONTINUE READING
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