‘Mechanogenetics,’ a new field at the convergence of mechanobiology and synthetic biology, presents an innovative strategy to treat, repair, or restore diseased cells and tissues by harnessing mechanical signal transduction pathways to control gene expression. While the role of mechanical forces in regulating development, homeostasis, and disease is well established, only recently have we identified the specific mechanosensors and downstream signaling pathways involved in these processes. Simultaneously, synthetic biological systems are developing increasingly sophisticated approaches of controlling mammalian cellular responses. Continued mechanistic refinement and identification of how cellular mechanosensors respond to homeostatic and pathological mechanical forces, combined with synthetic tools to integrate and respond to these inputs, promises to extend the development of new therapeutic approaches for treating disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-379
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
StatePublished - Feb 2022


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