The Comparative Structure and Function of Muscle

The Comparative Structure and Function of Muscle

1st Edition - January 1, 1975

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  • Author: Henry Huddart
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483280455

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The Comparative Structure and Function of Muscle is based upon a series of lectures given at the University of Lancaster over the last seven years, and it follows a natural division into structure, electrophysiology and excitation and mechanical activity. Within each section, an attempt is made to cover all muscle types in as wide a range of animals as the literature will allow. This book comprises 10 chapters, with the first one focusing on the fine structure of skeletal muscle. The following chapters then discuss the fine structure of cardiac and visceral muscle; the innervation of muscle; the ionic basis of the resting potential; the action potential and the activation of muscle; electrical activity and electrochemistry of invertebrate skeletal muscle; electrical activity of invertebrate and vertebrate cardiac muscle; the electrical activity and electrochemistry of visceral muscle; the mechanics of muscle; and excitation-contraction coupling and relaxation. This book will be of interest to practitioners in the fields of anatomy and the health sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Section 1. The Structure of Muscle


    1 The Fine Structure of Skeletal Muscle

    The contractile component

    The non-contractile component

    Heterogeneity of muscle fibres

    2 The Fine Structure of Cardiac and Visceral Muscle

    Cardiac muscles

    Visceral muscle

    3 The Innervation of Muscle

    The vertebrate and arthropod pattern

    Section 2. The Electrical Activity of Muscle


    4 The Ionic Basis of the Resting Potential

    The ionic hypothesis

    The experimental testing of the ionic hypothesis

    Membrane structure and permeability

    5 The Action Potential and the Activation of Muscle

    The sodium hypothesis

    Testing of the sodium hypothesisNa

    Membrane circuitry

    Evocation of the action potential

    6 Electrical Activity and Electrochemistry of Invertebrate Skeletal Muscle








    7 Electrical Activity of Invertebrate and Vertebrate Cardiac Muscle

    Myogenic hearts




    The vertebrates






    The electrochemistry of cardiac muscle

    The resting potential

    The action potential

    8 The Electrical Activity and Electrochemistry of Visceral Muscle


    The resting potential

    The action potential

    The innervation, neural control and pharmacology of vertebrate visceral muscle

    Innervation, neural control and pharmacology of invertebrate visceral muscle

    The electrochemistry of visceral muscle

    Section 3. The Mechanical Activity of Muscle


    9 The Mechanics of Muscle

    10 Excitation-Contraction Coupling and Relaxation

    Disruption and modification of EC coupling

    A Short Glossary of Fine Structural and Physiological



    Author Index

    Subject Index

    Other Titles in the Zoology Division

Product details

  • No. of pages: 406
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1975
  • Published: January 1, 1975
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483280455

About the Author

Henry Huddart

About the Editor

G. A. Kerkut

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