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Physiology (Bethesda). 2016 May;31(3):193-200. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00036.2015.

Evolutionary Specialization of Tactile Perception in Vertebrates.

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  • 1Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut;
  • 2Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; and Department of Neuroscience, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut slav.bagriantsev@yale.edu elena.gracheva@yale.edu.
  • 3Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; slav.bagriantsev@yale.edu elena.gracheva@yale.edu.

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.

PMID:
27053733
PMCID:
PMC5005274
[Available on 2017-05-01]
DOI:
10.1152/physiol.00036.2015
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