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Mechanotransduction in Skin Inflammation

Published inCells, vol. 11, no. 13, 2026
Publication date2022-06-25
First online date2022-06-25
Abstract

In the process of mechanotransduction, the cells in the body perceive and interpret mechanical stimuli to maintain tissue homeostasis and respond to the environmental changes. Increasing evidence points towards dysregulated mechanotransduction as a pathologically relevant factor in human diseases, including inflammatory conditions. Skin is the organ that constantly undergoes considerable mechanical stresses, and the ability of mechanical factors to provoke inflammatory processes in the skin has long been known, with the Koebner phenomenon being an example. However, the molecular mechanisms and key factors linking mechanotransduction and cutaneous inflammation remain understudied. In this review, we outline the key players in the tissue's mechanical homeostasis, the available data, and the gaps in our current understanding of their aberrant regulation in chronic cutaneous inflammation. We mainly focus on psoriasis as one of the most studied skin inflammatory diseases; we also discuss mechanotransduction in the context of skin fibrosis as a result of chronic inflammation. Even though the role of mechanotransduction in inflammation of the simple epithelia of internal organs is being actively studied, we conclude that the mechanoregulation in the stratified epidermis of the skin requires more attention in future translational research.

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Keywords
  • Actin-myosin cytoskeleton
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Cytokines
  • Epidermis
  • Fibrosis
  • Integrins
  • Intermediate filaments
  • Keratinocyte
  • Psoriasis
  • Stretch
  • Dermatitis
  • Epidermis
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Mechanotransduction, Cellular / physiology
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin Diseases
Citation (ISO format)
SHUTOVA, Maria, BOEHNCKE, Wolf-Henning. Mechanotransduction in Skin Inflammation. In: Cells, 2022, vol. 11, n° 13, p. 2026. doi: 10.3390/cells11132026
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ISSN of the journal2073-4409
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