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Current Methods in Muscle Physiology: Advantages, Problems and Limitations

Haruo Sugi


Despite extensive physiological, biochemical, and structural studies, the mechanisms of muscle contraction operating in living muscle fibres are still not clearly understood. This book aims to describe and assess various experimental methods currently used in the field of muscle research. For each method discussed, there is a comprehensive description of its advantages, problems, and limitations. Each chapter also contains a summary of the central results that have been obtained using each method.

Keywords: muscle contraction, muscle fibres, muscle research, physiological studies, biochemical studies, structural studies, experimental methods, advantages, problems, limitations

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198523970
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haruo Sugi, editor
Teikyo University, Tokyo

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Part I Combined biochemical and mechanical experiments

1 Muscle mechanics I: intact single muscle fibres

Haruo Sugi, and Teizo Tsuchiya

3 The use of caged compounds

Carl Morris, and Earl Homsher

5 The use of peptide mimetics

Harald Kögler, and J. Caspar Rüegg

Part II Combined structural and mechanical experiments

8 The use of fluorescent probes

Shin’ichi Ishiwata

9 The use of spin probes

Toshiaki Arata

Part III Other experiments

12 The use of Ca2+ indicators

Masato Konishi, and Satoshi Kurihara

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