Evolutionary specialization of tactile perception in vertebrates

Eve R. Schneider, Elena O. Gracheva, Slav N. Bagriantsev

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Abstract

Evolution has endowed vertebrates with the remarkable tactile ability to explore the world through the perception of physical force. Yet the sense of touch remains one of the least well understood senses at the cellular and molecular level. Vertebrates specializing in tactile perception can highlight general principles of mechanotransduction. Here, we review cellular and molecular adaptations that underlie the sense of touch in typical and acutely mechanosensitive vertebrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-200
Number of pages8
JournalPhysiology
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a National Science Foundation grant 1453167 to S.N.B., by fellowships from the Beckman Foundation and Rita Allen Foundation, by National Institute of Health Grant 1R01 NS-091300-01A1 to E.O.G., and a fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to E.O.G. E.R.S. was supported by a training grant from National Institutes of Health (T32 HD-007094).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Int. Union Physiol. Sci./Am. Physiol. Soc.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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