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Stressing caveolae new role in cell mechanics

Pierre Nassoy
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Christophe Lamaze


It has been almost 60 years since caveolae were first visualized by Eichi Yamada and George Palade. Nevertheless, these specialized invaginations of the plasma membrane remain without clear and recognized physiological function. The recent identification of new caveolar components and the ability to probe cell mechanics with sophisticated opticophysical devices have shed new light on this fascinating organelle. Early studies from the 1970s suggested that caveolae could participate in the regulation of membrane dynamics. Recent data have established caveolae as mechanosensors that respond immediately to mechanical stress by flattening into the plasma membrane. Here, we focus on the molecular consequences that result from the caveolar disassembly/reassembly cycle induced by membrane tension variations at the surface of the cell under physiological and pathological conditions.

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hal-00821324 , version 1 (09-05-2013)



Pierre Nassoy, Christophe Lamaze. Stressing caveolae new role in cell mechanics. Trends in Cell Biology, 2012, 22 (7), pp.381-389. ⟨10.1016/j.tcb.2012.04.007⟩. ⟨hal-00821324⟩
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