Nuclear mechanosensing and chromatin reorganization in cardiac cells

Strain maps of cardiomyocyte nuclei during contraction indicate that, by integrating environmental mechanical cues, the nuclei of cardiomyocytes stabilize the fate of cells through the reorganization of epigenetically marked chromatin.

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The cover illustrates that, in cardiomyocytes under contraction, epigenetically marked chromatin preferentially accumulates in the periphery of the cell’s nucleus.

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Image: Benjamin Seelbinder, University of Colorado Boulder. Cover design: Alex Wing.

Pep Pàmies

Chief Editor, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Research