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

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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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Why we shiver/tremble/shake while performing some work which requires high accuracy?

Shivering when nervous or anxious is a common thing. But, shivering or trembling sometimes also occurs when we are performing a work which requires high accuracy. In such case, our whole body doesn't ...
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When contracting a muscle will the muscle spindle stretch or contract?

When you contract your muscle, will your muscle spindle stretch or contract? And why? I was always under the impression that it was contracting your muscle spindle, but now I am not sure.
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Can you build muscles from watching point of view videos of people weightlifting?

According to this, "new research has found that viewing other people exercise actually increases your heart rate and other physiological measures, just as if you were working out yourself". This got ...
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Mechanism of Myosin Head Bending in Cross Bridge Cycle Power Stroke Phase

What is the mechanism of bending of myosin head during the power stroke of the cross-bridge cycle of the muscle contraction? Does this have anything to do with the protein's 3-D structure i.e. folding ...
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Can the human body store protein?

I am interested to know if a human body can store protein. Absolutely for the bodybuilders, does it really matter if they divide their protein consumption during the day or eat all of it in one meal ...
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brain and fingers movement theorie

I heard somewhere that when we want to do a repetitive movement of one finger (ex the index) . Our brain (in a very crude way) sends a first message to move all the fingers, and then a second message ...
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Which of the response is faster? voice or hand action?

After taking certain stimuli and making the the decision to do certain action, which one response (output) (out of 2 possible output-ways, voice and hand-movement) would act faster? For example lets ...
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Why does hypocalcaemia cause increased muscle contraction?

Calcium is needed for muscle contraction, so how does hypocalcaemia cause increased sustained contraction?
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In myosin II are regulatory and essential light chains calcium binding proteins or sites of phosphorylation?

According to my medical physiology by Rhodes and Bell their description is as follows: the essential light chain is necessary for myosin stability, and the other chain called the regulatory light ...
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What is the difference between muscle fascicle and muscle bundle?

In the photo above (given by Bio teacher), the muscle bundle is shown to be as a bundle of fascicles, but in most web definitions I've seen, the two terms are used interchangeably. What is the correct ...
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How much mechanical stress can a skeletal muscle bear?

In the movie- Saw, for the last trap Bobby was told to insert metallic hooks into his pectoralis major muscle. In his fake story Bobby has raised himself successfully, but when he was "really" trapped,...
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Why do red muscle fibres have more mitochondria than white muscle fibre but less ATP than White muscle fibres?

This is a question given in my Anatomy book and I am really confused because logically the substance which have more mitochondria should have more ATP as mitochondria is the power house of cell.But ...
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advantages of shivering in cold environments

When we feel cold, our the muscle tries to generate heat by shivering and the brown adipose tissue tries to generate heat by non-shivering methods. The muscle generates heat but also spends energy on ...
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Need / consumption of magnesium

Does doing sports makes a human require more magnesium and – if any – how strong is this effect? Do athletes take magnesium supplements (e.g. pills of magnesium carbonate) because they build muscles ...
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How does motor nerve innervation determine type of muscle fibre?

Muscle fibres are of two types - type I and type II. They differ from each other in various properties. Even the underlying biochemical processes are different to suit their function (slow vs fast) ...
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What happens when our muscle tense? [closed]

Is the tensing of muscles equivalent to stretching them? I am trying to understand what tensing of the muscles means.
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Are gizzard muscles voluntary or involuntary?

I started raising chickens this year. They have amazing appetites, and I often wonder what eating is like for them. They have no teeth, so they don't chew their food as they eat it. They do seem to ...
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Why do some cells like myofibrils have multiple nuclei?

I see that myofibrils (muscle cells) contain not one, but multiple nuclei. Why is this so? Do all the nuclei participate in cell division?
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Kinesiology Tape Benefits

Recently, kinesiology tape has become popular, especially in CrossFit. I have also noted its' use in the NFL, and I want to say Tennis as well. What beneficial effects does this tape offer our bodies ...
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Why some muscles have more tendons than others?

Very interesting examples to me are Trapezius or Latissimus - they both have places with more tendons than muscles. Taking into account that now they contract weaker and slower with all these tendons, ...
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In a skeletal muscle contraction, what happens after ACh binds to the nicotinic iontropic receptors on sarcolemma?

Does the bound ACh becomes unbound and then gets hydrolysed by acetylcholinerase?
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Why is muscle force more dependent on cross-sectional area than on fiber length?

I was looking up why smaller animals are proportionally stronger than larger animals. The answer that comes back everytime is that muscle force depends on the number of muscle fibers, which is ...
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Are (muscle) satellite cells the same as muscle stem cells?

In terms of muscle: are the terms 'satellite cell' and 'muscle stem cell' interchangeable? That is, are there muscle stem cells that are not satellite cells, or vice versa?
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Does loss of dopaminergic neurons totally eliminate voluntary muscular control?

Breathing is a function that is not only autonomic, but can also be temporarily overridden and placed under voluntary control. In fact, you are now breathing manually. Now, suppose that someone has ...
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Is "muscular attachment" synonymous to tendon? (when talking about the insertion of glutei medius and minimus to greater trochanter of the femur)

I have read the following two terms in an MRI report (both points refer to the insertion of gluteus medius/minimus to greater trochanter of the femur): mild degeneration of the muscular attachment ...
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Are there biological ratchet cycles that are small in number?

I recently came across the strange factoid that all animals that can jump do so to roughly the same height (within an order of magnitude). The argument was that the work done by muscles in a single ...
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By What Mechanism Does Heat Cause Muscle Relaxation?

Heat is commonly used "loosen" muscles, but what exactly is happening to relax the muscle? It wouldn't make sense that increased blood flow alone would relax muscle.
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Is the Klein's bottle a good analogy to the relation between T-tubule and sarcolemma? [closed]

I am not quite seeing how the T-tubule and sarcolemma is connected. It says that the T-tubule is an "invagination" of the sarcolemma, which is sarcolemma folded from the inside to form a T-tubule Can ...
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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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Is there a difference in flying technique or anatomy between birds and bats which means bats don't need a large sternum?

I know that birds have a large sternum in order to anchor the wing muscles. Bats also have wings, but don't have the same large sternum. Is there a difference in either flying technique or anatomy ...
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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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Limit of muscle atrophy [closed]

I read that lack of action leads to muscle atrophy , I experienced same when I had a cast for hand fracture. So how far this atrophy go, who decides minimum size of muscle due to lack of activity, for ...
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The link between muscle mass and muscle strength and how to train for each [closed]

I'm getting into my fitness and am beginning to see an increase in muscle mass. However, I look at people like Bruce Lee, Elliott Hulse, Mohammad Ali and Wim Hof who are capable of incredible strength ...
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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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