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Calcium in Muscle Activation

A Comparative Approach


Part of the Zoophysiology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 1-2
  3. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 3-27
  4. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 115-142
  5. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 143-164
  6. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 165-200
  7. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 201-238
  8. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 239-248
  9. Johann Caspar Rüegg
    Pages 249-250
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 251-300

About this book


This book offers a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to excitation-contraction-coupling in smooth and striated mus­ cles, including the myocardium. It is an account of the path­ ways and mechanisms by which cellular calcium is handled and activates the contractile proteins. It also describes how these mechanisms are adapted in various kinds of muscle to meet specific functional requirements, such as speed or economy. This monograph then presents facts, ideas and theories and the evidence on which they are based, and ifit stimulates others and furthers research, it will have served its purpose. All of the chapters are self-contained and may be read in any order, but readers unfamiliar with muscle are recommended to start with the introductory chapter on excitation and contraction. During all the years of writing this book, I received enormous help from Isolde Berger who corrected, edited and transformed my innumerable notes and drafts into a readable manuscript; she also compiled the list of references and the Subject Index. I owe a great debt of gratitude to her and also to Claudia Zeugner, who prepared the figures with expertise and care. Then I would like to thank the Deutsche F orschungs­ gemeinschaft and the Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung for supporting the work of my Department which has been reported in this monograph. A great many people contributed with helpful discussions.


Activation Calcium muscle protein proteins

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physiology IIUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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