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Heart Muscle

  • Yuan-Cheng Fung


Both myocardial and skeletal muscle cells are striated. Their ultrastructures are similar. Each cell is made up of sarcomeres (from Z line to Z line), containing interdigitating thick myosin filaments and thin actin filaments. The basic mechanism of contraction must be similar in both; but important differences exist.


Cardiac Muscle Papillary Muscle Heart Muscle Muscle Length Sarcomere Length 
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  • Yuan-Cheng Fung
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  1. 1.Department of BioengineeringUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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