Ultrastructure of the Mammalian Heart - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121700508, 9781483271521

Ultrastructure of the Mammalian Heart

1st Edition

Editors: C. E. Challice S. Virágh
eBook ISBN: 9781483271521
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1973
Page Count: 206
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Ultrastructure in Biological Systems, Volume 6: Ultrastructure of the Mammalian Heart focuses on the mammalian heart with some cross-reference to that of other vertebrates, such as birds. This book is divided into four main topics— ultrastructure of ventricular and atrial myocardium; impulse generation and conduction system of the heart; embryologic development of the mammalian heart; and ultrastructure of the innervation of the mammalian heart. In these topics, this publication specifically discusses the sarcotubular system (SR), contractile apparatus, general description of cellular morphology, and physiologic implications of cellular and fiber structure. The origin and cytodifferentiation of heart muscle cells, innervation of the sino-atrial node, and ultrastructure of the sympathetic cervical ganglion are also deliberated. This volume is a good source for biologists and students researching on the ultrastructure of the mammalian heart.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



The Ultrastructure of Ventricular and Atrial Myocardium

I. Introduction

II. General Description

III. The Cell Membrane and Its Features

IV. The Intercalated Disc (ID)

V. The Sarcotubular System (SR)

VI. The Contractile Apparatus

VII. Other Constituents of Myocardial Cells

VIII. Atrial Cells


The Impulse Generation and Conduction System of the Heart

I. Introduction

II. General Description of Cellular Morphology

III. Detailed Structure of the Components of the Conducting System

IV. Physiologic Implications of Cellular and Fiber Structure

V. Summary


The Embryologic Development of the Mammalian Heart

I. Introduction

II. Origin of Heart Muscle Cells

III. Early Stages of Formation of the Multichambered Heart

IV. Cytodifferentiation of Heart Muscle Cells

V. General Organ Development

VI. Summary


Ultrastructure of the Innervation of the Mammalian Heart

I. Introduction

II. General Account of the Ultrastructure of Visceral Innervation

III. Innervation of the Sino-Atrial Node

IV. Innervation of the Atrium

V. Innervation of the Atrio-Ventricular Node, the Bundle of His, and Its Branches

VI. Innervation of the Ventricle

VII. Innervation of the Cardiac Valves

VIII. Innervation of the Coronary Vessels

IX. Ultrastructure of the Cardiac Ganglion and "Chromaffin" Cells

X. Ultrastructure of the Sympathetic Cervical Ganglion

XI. Summary


Author Index

Subject Index


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