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The contractile tissue of animals derived from the mesodermal layer of embryonic germ cells.

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Are there certain symmetric-pair muscles that are slightly bigger and NOT due to handedness?

Ok, hear me out, I was just thinking about an article in Nature I read in the past titled "Scrotal asymmetry in man and in ancient sculpture"$^{\dagger}$ and more recently an entire medical textbook ...
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Do cells in healing ligaments or tendons have deformation processes? If so, what are they?

I am trying to better understand how non-muscle tissue in the muscuoloskeletal system heals. Specifically, I am interested in how ligaments or tendons heal once torn. I read the following text: ...
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How is atrophied muscle different than normal muscle in a chemical or biological way?

I am a writer with a question for a story I'm working on. In it, the character suffers from muscle atrophy due to spinal damage. So that I can portray this accurately, what would cause this type of ...
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Partial muscle fibre contraction

I'm being taught that: a muscle fibre spans the entire length of the muscle, from the originating tendon to the inserting tendon. The question is, can a muscle fibre contract only partially? Say, if ...
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Are there specific theories as to what causes cold[-water] muscle cramps?

The field of what might cause cramps is quite contested with a lot of controversy around the heat/dehydration cramps, but I find it surprising that no specific theories appear to have been proposed (...
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How long does it take for a new muscle fiber to be connected to motor neuron?

When new muscle fibers are formed through hypertrophy, how long does it take for motor neurons to connect to the new muscle cells in order to be able to control them? After taking a break from ...
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Are changes in flexibility from stretching due to changes in the nerves or the muscles?

For many people, stretching repeatedly over a period of time improves their flexibility. I want to know whether this improvement commonly seen is due to a change in the nerves or the muscle’s material ...
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How does isometric contraction work?

What exactly happens to myosin during isometric contraction? I suspect that either myosin heads just "freeze" in the middle of crossbridge cycle, or go through full crossbridge cycles repeatedly at ...
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Why do hand/fore-arm muscles "lock up" after very high-powered effort?

Inspired from Why does it hurt the next day after doing significant exercise? with its excellent answer: In climbing, you can put tremendous load on the hand/fore-arm muscles (specifically, flexor ...
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How does gold chloride stain neuromuscular junctions?

Gold chloride is used in muscle biopsies to stain the NMJ. What is the substrate that it binds to?
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In a sarcomere, during contraction, is chemical energy turned into elastic energy and then mechanical energy?

I'm familiar with the cross bridge cycle and how the sarcomere contracts, but I have two related questions. I’ve read that when the myosin head cocks, it’s similar to a spring-loaded mousetrap. But is ...
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How is recruitment of multiunit smooth muscle cells fine tuned if they are innervated by varicosities?

In my physiology textbook (Silverthorn) and on wikipedia it says that: Multiunit smooth muscle tissues innervate individual cells; as such, they allow for fine control and gradual responses, much ...
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What are the metabolic consequences of negative mechanical work in muscle contractions?

When a muscle contracts while it shortens (concentric), it consumes ATP I believe primarily due to cross-bridge shortening to remove the myosin head from it's attached state. However, when a muscle ...
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Acetylcholine and muscles- excitatory or inhibitory? (muscle atonia and myasthenia gravis)

I have heard that acetylcholine can be excitatory or inhibitory, but I am confused as to which it is when it comes to muscles. On the one hand, I believe that muscle atonia during REM sleep is ...
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What controls the feeling of discomfort/comfort before and after sleep?

I'm interested in which biological systems or hormones are involved in the following phenomenon: Before sleep it may be difficult to find a comfortable position, and muscular aches and pains are more ...
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When a muscle contracts, but not all the muscle fibers are activated, what happens to the remaining muscle fibers?

I understand how motor neurons work, but I would like clarification on what exactly is going on when a muscle contracts. For the sake of simplicity, let's just use the bicep as an example. If I do a ...
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What keeps a muscle fiber in tension?

Someone in massage therapy told me that muscles require some chemical reaction to relax, and that magnesium helps with that. Looking into it, every source online I've found states that muscles relax ...
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What benefit do cardiomyocytes accrue by requiring calcium induced calcium release (relative to skeletal myocytes)?

According to 2 sources I've read, in contrast to skeletal myocytes, cardiac myocytes need calcium to diffuse in to result in contraction. One source says that they need large amounts of calcium to ...
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What is the relationship between muscle energy consumption, the period over which the contraction occurs and the mechanical work performed?

I'm asking this question with some basic knowledge of physics and general fitness. Suppose you are lifting a still object with mass $m$ from height $h_1$ to height $h_2$ with an arbitrary (straight or ...
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Most optically transparent muscle phantom?

I am trying to use Schlieren imaging techniques to visualize how a sound wave propagates through muscle tissue. In the past, when needing to experiment with muscle we would use an agar based muscle ...
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Summation on muscles

I am learning myology and encountered 2 problems in tetanus and summation: Unfused tetanus is just a continual summation of twitches if I am not mistaken. However, is it a MUST for summation / ...
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Why do muscle spindles send impulses at a constant rate when the muscle is at rest?

According to my book, the sensory neuron around the muscle spindle is sending impulses at a constant rate, while the entire muscle itself is relaxated (at rest). So when the muscle stretches the ...
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ATP and Muscle Contraction

I have a question regarding how molecular interactions manifest in physical actions - such as hanging from a bar. To the best of my understanding, when it comes to the contraction of muscles, ATP is ...
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Does constant pressure cause muscle atrophy, and if so, why?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gluteal_muscles&oldid=876760828#Clinical_significance: Sitting for long periods can lead to the gluteal muscles atrophying through constant ...
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How much energy can one muscle contraction deliver?

How much energy is available in a single muscle contraction? I'm guessing the correct units are J/kg, but I'm open to more correct units. I'm looking for work done, not total energy dissipated (not ...
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Exhaustion of skeletal muscle and ligaments

I read somewhere that while doing lifting back should be straight(means normal curve), so that erectors muscle in back do the work but it gets tired easily. Hence we form curve on our back like when ...
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seafood muscles - how do they work?

Today, first time in my life I ate seafood. It was a squid and a calamar. Note that I am biology layman, so please be merciful :( While dissecting my food I noticed that the tissues of those ...
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When a muscle contracts, does it store potential energy like a spring that is released upon relaxation?

A colleague of mine who mainly focuses on clinical chiropractic work claimed recently in a book he wrote that muscles in the pelvic floor have "elastic recoil." What he means by this is that a ...
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What do we mean when we say that a muscle fiber contracts strongly?

Sounds dumb but anyway, i heard that superfast fibers contract more strongly than fast twitch fibers. And i never thought of muscle contraction as something that has a magnitude (i thought of it as "1 ...
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Energy efficiency of muscles and animals as a whole

When human or animal do some work, they use energy from their food. What is known about overall efficiency of this process? Say a horse is turning a winch and does 10,000 kJ of work. How much more ...
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Does the speed of muscle contraction within a single sarcomere differ between people?

Of course the number of muscle cells can be different person to person. But within a single sarcomere, are we all the same? Would the frequency of the protein motor binding and release cycle ...
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How to contract sternocleidomastoid muscle by thought?

If I do not turn my head, how can I contract ( or tighten) the sternocleidomastoid muscle ( like we can intensely tighten muscle in limbs)?
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How does the ATPase stain for muscles revert on changing the pH?

Muscle sections are stained with ATPase to differentiate between types of fibres and to display the ckecerboard pattern. But it is done at two different pH. The staining is reversed at acidic/basic pH....
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Myoblasts Formation

Myoblasts arise from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), and are precursors to myocytes. In muscles, in the basement membrane, there are also present satellite cells which can divide to generate muscle ...
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How is the side-polarity of the myosin filament in myofibril maintained?

If myosin molecules are the properly oriented relative to their position in the myosin filaments, the sarcomere is not functional. But how is the orientation of the myosin molecules determined? Why is ...
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Why do workouts cause your muscles to feel heavy?

I know that muscle activity causes your muscles to build up lactic acid. Is this the specific reason that your muscles begin to feel heavy? How does this relate to the healing or inflammation process ...
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What are potential side effects of myostatin inhibitors?

Myostatin inhibitors, which are being developed to treat muscle wasting diseases like muscular dystrophy, are likely to be abused by athletes. What are the potential long-term side-effects of taking a ...
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What happens to the gamma motor neuron during too much contraction of a muscle?

Suppose a muscle is contracting too much, so we need a reflex to stop it from contracting too much. Contraction of a muscle causes the muscle spindle to go slack, hence the Ia axons and II-axons do ...
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Biological reason for "deadlift face"?

Always when I deadlift at the maximum load, my face looks more or less like this: or this: The same applies for when I do other heavy-weight exercises. But what biological mechanism causes that? ...
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Impact of increased sodium conductance at a neuromuscular junction

If trans-epithelial Na+ transport were to increase at the synapse(please consider both pre and post-synaptic membrane situations) in a neuromuscular junction, how would that manifest itself? My guess ...
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Is the nervous message sent by an eyelash being flexed sent all the way to the brain?

Since the reflex to close the eyelid once an eyelash is touched seems very fast, does the signal from the neuron detecting the touching travel all the way to the brain, get processed then back to the ...
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What mammals can rotate and move their ears the most?

I found out that rabbits can rotate their ears 270 degrees, and also move them up, down and independently. Are there any other mammals that can control their ears' position that well, or even better?
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Does Krebs cycle occur in fast glycolytic muscle fibres?

They have mitochondria. So they can have aerobic respiration. (?) Does Krebs cycle occur in their mitochondria?
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what powers power strokes

I am wondering what really powers the myosin head to undergo the power stroke to push the actin filaments towards the M-line. I have 2 thoughts: when ATP in the myosin head gets hydrolyzed, the ...
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Are there any detrimental effects to long term electrical muscle stimulation?

I know that different types of electrical stimulation can be used in fields such as physical therapy to get muscles to contract. However, these electrical stimulation sessions are not prolonged and ...
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What trajectory do action potentials take, from initial visual stimulus all the way to motor function?

Say we see a mosquito, and our brain tells us 'hey that's a mosquito, you should kill it.' Then we move our hands and slap/clap it. The initial visual stimulus is translated to an action potential ...
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For each movement performed by both the gluteus minimus and medius, what percentage of the movement do the gluteus minimus and medius account for?

From what I read on Wikipedia, all functions of the gluteus minimus are mirrored by the gluteus medius. Additionally, the gluteus medius is larger than the gluteus minimus (see comparative images here)...
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Can one assess muscle strength through imaging (e.g., MRI)? If so, though which type of imaging and how accurate is it?

Can one assess muscle strength through imaging (e.g., MRI)? If so, though which type of imaging and how accurate is it? On How does muscle size relate to strength?, I read this answer from Moses (...
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Are there known counterexamples to Hennman's size principle for muscle unit recruitment?

It is known that generally muscle units are recruited from small to large, and that typically also means slow to fast twitch. This principle is called Hennman's size principle. I've seen many ...
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Contracting mouth muscles as reaction to taking in specific food items

When eating very specific food items, especially confectionery like (salty) liquorice, (it feels as if) the muscles of my mouth contract, right when it hits my tongue. Does anyone know why this ...
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