Evolutionary specialization of tactile perception in vertebrates

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

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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
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2016

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© 2016 Int. Union Physiol. Sci./Am. Physiol. Soc.

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  • Physiology


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