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Sensors 2007, 7(9), 1667-1682; doi:10.3390/s7091667

Mechanosensor Channels in Mammalian Somatosensory Neurons

Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie Cellulaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique UMR 6150, Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France
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Received: 10 August 2007 / Accepted: 31 August 2007 / Published: 3 September 2007
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physiological Sensing)
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Mechanoreceptive sensory neurons innervating the skin, skeletal muscles andviscera signal both innocuous and noxious information necessary for proprioception, touchand pain. These neurons are responsible for the transduction of mechanical stimuli intoaction potentials that propagate to the central nervous system. The ability of these cells todetect mechanical stimuli impinging on them relies on the presence of mechanosensitivechannels that transduce the external mechanical forces into electrical and chemical signals.Although a great deal of information regarding the molecular and biophysical properties ofmechanosensitive channels in prokaryotes has been accumulated over the past two decades,less is known about the mechanosensitive channels necessary for proprioception and thesenses of touch and pain. This review summarizes the most pertinent data onmechanosensitive channels of mammalian somatosensory neurons, focusing on theirproperties, pharmacology and putative identity.
Keywords: Pain; Touch; Skin sensation; Mechanosensory transduction; Stretch; Osmotic shock; Mechanosensitive channels; TRP channels; ASIC; amiloride; DRG. Pain; Touch; Skin sensation; Mechanosensory transduction; Stretch; Osmotic shock; Mechanosensitive channels; TRP channels; ASIC; amiloride; DRG.
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Raoux, M.; Rodat-Despoix, L.; Azorin, N.; Giamarchi, A.; Hao, J.; Maingret, F.; Crest, M.; Coste, B.; Delmas, P. Mechanosensor Channels in Mammalian Somatosensory Neurons. Sensors 2007, 7, 1667-1682.

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