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Fibre Types in Skeletal Muscles


Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 162)

About this book


This book summarizes the present knowledge about skeletal muscle fibres. As an introduction the theoretical background of structure, contraction mechanism and development of muscle fibres is shortly described to understand the specific problems of different fibre types. The aim of the book is to characterize muscle fibre types from different points of view as we see it today. The intermingling of different classification systems has lead to some confusion in the literature about muscle fibre types. In the present book an overview about muscle fibre types is given, considering results from literature and own results. For the first time the metabolic fibre typing with cytophotometry has been performed. The cytophotometry as a tool in fibre typing is described in detail for practical use. Moreover, the metabolism and the adaptibility of a given fibre type under changing physiological and pathological conditions has been studied. Finally, the unusual muscle fibre types of extraocular muscles has been described. This book addresses researchers, physicians and students who are interested but not specialized in myology and who will be pleased to read only 100 pages instead of thousands of them.


Skeletal muscle fibre cytophotometry extracular muscles fibre type transformation influence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine Institute of AnatomyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fibre Types in Skeletal Muscles
  • Authors Karla Punkt
  • Series Title Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-42603-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-59399-4
  • Series ISSN 0301-5556
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 112
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cell Biology
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