Gravity sensing in plant and animal cells

Ken Takahashi, Hideyuki Takahashi, Takuya Furuichi, Masatsugu Toyota, Makoto Furutani-Seiki, Takeshi Kobayashi, Haruko Watanabe-Takano, Masahiro Shinohara, Takuro Numaga-Tomita, Asako Sakaue-Sawano, Atsushi Miyawaki, Keiji Naruse

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Gravity determines shape of body tissue and affects the functions of life, both in plants and animals. The cellular response to gravity is an active process of mechanotransduction. Although plants and animals share some common mechanisms of gravity sensing in spite of their distant phylogenetic origin, each species has its own mechanism to sense and respond to gravity. In this review, we discuss current understanding regarding the mechanisms of cellular gravity sensing in plants and animals. Understanding gravisensing also contributes to life on Earth, e.g., understanding osteoporosis and muscle atrophy. Furthermore, in the current age of Mars exploration, understanding cellular responses to gravity will form the foundation of living in space.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Journalnpj Microgravity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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