The Sarcomere and Sarcomerogenesis

  • Elisabeth Ehler
  • Mathias Gautel
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 642)


Striated muscle owes its name to the microscopic appearance, caused by the longitudinal alignment of thousands of highly ordered contractile units, the sarcomeres. The assembly (and disassembly) of these multiprotein complexes (sarcomere assembly or sarcomerogenesis) follows ordered pathways, which are regulated on the transcriptional, translational and posttranslational level. Furthermore, myofibril assembly involves the participation of transient scaffolds and adaptors, notably the microtubule network. Studies in cell culture and developing embryos have revealed common pathways of sarcomere assembly in heart and skeletal muscle. Disruptions in these pathways are implicated in muscle diseases.


Skeletal Muscle Skeletal Muscle Cell Sarcomeric Protein Nonmuscle Myosin Human Skeletal Muscle Cell 
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  1. 1.Cardiovascular Division and Randall Division for Cell and Molecular BiophysicsKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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