Piezo2 in Cutaneous and Proprioceptive Mechanotransduction in Vertebrates

E. O. Anderson, E. R. Schneider, S. N. Bagriantsev

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Mechanosensitivity is a fundamental physiological capacity, which pertains to all life forms. Progress has been made with regard to understanding mechanosensitivity in bacteria, flies, and worms. In vertebrates, however, the molecular identity of mechanotransducers in somatic and neuronal cells has only started to appear. The Piezo family of mechanogated ion channels marks a pivotal milestone in understanding mechanosensitivity. Piezo1 and Piezo2 have now been shown to participate in a number of processes, ranging from arterial modeling to sensing muscle stretch. In this review, we focus on Piezo2 and its role in mediating mechanosensation and proprioception in vertebrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-217
Number of pages21
JournalCurrent Topics in Membranes
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Dorsal root ganglia
  • Mechanoreception
  • Mechanosensitivity
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Piezo2
  • Proprioception
  • Somatosensitivity
  • Trigeminal ganglia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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