Special Issue "The Mutable Collagenous Tissue of Echinoderms: Biological, Biomedical, and Biomimetic Aspects"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 5079
Interests: functional morphology; biomechanics and physiology of Echinodermata; mechanically adaptable collagenous tissue; autotomy and other animal detachment mechanisms
Interests: functional biology of marine invertebrates (echinoderms; sponges); regenerative and reproductive biology of echinoderms; effects of exposure to environmental contaminants on reproductive and developmental processes
Mutable collagenous tissue (MCT, also known as catch connective tissue), which has the capacity to drastically alter its mechanical properties within a timescale of seconds under nervous control, is unique to echinoderms (starfish, sea-urchins, and their close relations) and is of central importance to their biology.
Although MCT has been the subject of intense research activity for over 50 years, serious gaps in knowledge remain: for example, the molecular mechanism(s) modulating MCT tensility and the precise role of juxtaligamental cells as effectors of tensile change remain to be fully elucidated. Recent investigations offer hope that the application of transcriptomic, metabolomic, and other “-omics” methodologies will help to rectify these deficiencies.
MCT is also attracting increasing interest as a source of constituents for the assembly of novel materials with potential biomedical applications and as a source of inspiration for the design of entirely artificial materials and devices with adaptable and controllable mechanical properties.
We therefore believe that the time is right for a Special Issue that demonstrates the full range of current MCT-related studies. We invite articles that provide insights into aspects of basic MCT biology (e.g., cellular and molecular processes modulating mechanical adaptability, neural control pathways, functional biology) and applied aspects—both biomedical applications of MCT-derived components and MCT-inspired biomimetic solutions to biomedical or engineering challenges.
Dr. Iain C. Wilkie
Prof. Dr. M. Daniela Candia Carnevali
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- mutable collagenous tissue
- biomedical applications
- detachment mechanisms