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  • 'Molecular Velcro' enables tissues to sense, react to mechanical force

    Deborah Leckband

    University of Illinois professor Deborah Leckband led a study that revealed how Velcro-like cellular proteins called cadherins sense tissue mechanics to regulate cell communication and biological tissue growth.

    Photo courtesy Claire Benjamin


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Deborah Leckband, call 217-244-0793; email  

    The paper “Mechanical disruption of E-cadherin complexes with epidermal growth factor receptor actuates growth factor-dependent signaling” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2100679119.