The Structural Basis of Muscular Contraction

  • John Squire

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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    Pages 1-38
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    Pages 129-155
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    Pages 157-223
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 663-698

About this book


Muscular contraction provides one of the most fascinating topics for a biophysicist to study. Although muscle comprises a molecular machine whereby chemical energy is converted to mechanical work, its action in producing force is something that is readily observable in everyday life, a feature that does not apply to most other structures of biophysical inter­ est. In addition, muscle is so beautifully organized at the microscopic level that those important structural probes, electron microscopy (with the associated image analysis methods) and X-ray diffraction, have pro­ vided a wealth of information about the arrangements of the constituent proteins in a variety of muscle types. But, despite all this, the answer to the question "How does muscle work?" is still uncertain, especially with regard to the molecular events by which force is actually generated, and the question remains one of the major unsolved problems in biology. With this problem in mind, this book has been written to collect together the available evidence on the structures of the muscle fila­ ments and on their arrangements in different muscle cells, to extract the common structural features of these cells, and thus to attempt to define a possible series of mechanical steps that will describe at molecular resolu­ tion the process by which force is generated. The book cannot be considered to be an introductory text; in fact, it presents a very detailed account of muscle structure as gleaned mainly from electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John Squire
    • 1
  1. 1.Imperial College of Science and TechnologyLondonEngland

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-3185-8
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