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Mechanotaxis is the directed movement of cell motility or outgrowth, e.g. in the case of axonal outgrowth, either up or down a rigidity gradient. These rigidity gradients are often present in biomaterials seeded with cells of interest, where the gradients are established by altering the degree of cross-linking in the polymer.


Mechanotaxis is also known as durotaxis.


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Mechanotaxis may be a general phenomenon operative in other types of cells.
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Spirochaetes have a distinctive helical body which twists about, but this movement has its ultimate cause in flagella located between their two membranes.
Motile bacteria are attracted or repelled by certain stimuli, behaviors called taxes - for instance, chemotaxis, phototaxis[?], and mechanotaxis[?].
In one peculiar group, the myxobacteria, individual bacteria attract to form swarms and may differentiate to form fruiting bodies.
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