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Cellular tension

Mechanical stress on a cell, conceptual illustration. Mechanical stress can have an effect on a number of processes within a cell, including polarity, differentiation, growth and migration.

Mechanical stress on cells can influence the determination of polarity within a cell and has consequences for development in embryos. Mechanical stress can result in changes of gene expression and microtubule dynamics through the relocalisation of MTOC complexes.