General Overview

  • H. Schmalbruch
Part of the Handbook of Microscopic Anatomy book series (MIKROSKOPISCHEN, volume 2 / 6)


Skeletal muscles develop force and cause movement. The parenchymal cells of the muscle tissue are multinucleated syncytia, the muscle fibres, which may be more than 10 cm long. Most muscles consist of one set of fibres, i.e. the fibres do not act in series. Each fibre contains serially arranged sarcomeres the length of which changes from 1.3 to 3.5 μm during shortening and stretching, demonstrating the variable length of the muscle fibre.


Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Motor Unit Thin Filament Sarcomere Length Myosin Head 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Schmalbruch
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  1. 1.Panum Instituttet, Neurofysiologisk InstitutKøbenhavns UniversitetKøbenhavn NDenmark

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