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1 Muscle Specialized for: Types:

2 Single contraction characteristics of the three muscle types

3 Skeletal Muscle Striated (sarcomere is functional unit); multinucleate
Voluntary (activated by a motor neurons) Each fiber is a cell; many fibers to a muscle Different types of fibers Each fiber has a nerve connection


5 Typing based on succinate dehydrogenase activity
Type I = low activity Type IIa = moderate activity Type IIb = high activity Typing based on speed of myosin (myosin ATPase activity Type I = low activity Type II = high activity

6 Basic Structure of a Skeletal Muscle Fiber
Sarcolemma = cell membrane Fiber (cell) > myofibril (bundles of actin and myosin) > myofilaments (actin and myosin)

7 Functional unit of a myofibril is the sarcomere
Major filamentous proteins are actin and myosin, z proteins (in the z disk) Many structural proteins; alpha actinin, myomesin, C protein, titin, nebulin Cytoskeletal proteins; desmin, vimentin, filamin sarcomere


9 Myosin (thick) filaments
Each filament contains about 400 individual myosin molecules Bundled so that half of the molecules have their head facing one direction, the other half, the opposite direction Myosin heads are in a staggered arrangement along the filament

10 Myosin is composed of 6 polypeptide chains, 2 H or heavy chains, and two L or light chains
Myosin head has ATPase activity Myosin has a hinge region where the molecule is flexible The myosin head has a high affinity for g actin In smooth muscle, light chains regulate myosin action; in cardiac and skeletal muscle, light chains partially determine the speed of the myosin ATPase activity

11 Actin Filaments (thin filaments)
Monomers of globular or g actin combine to form long fibers of f actin. Two f actin molecules twist around one another to form a single thin filament All actin myofilaments are anchored to the proteins of the z disk Each g actin molecule has a binding site for the myosin head

12 Actin Tropomyosin – covers active sites on g actin molecules Troponin – regulates tropomyosin; three subunits – troponin c, troponin I, and troponin m Troponin c has a binding site for calcium and is bound to the other two subunits Troponin I keeps the tropomyosin over the myosin binding sites on G actin (inhibits actin/myosin binding) Troponin m anchors the three subunits to the tropomyosin molecule



15 Ryanodine receptor

16 Excitation-contraction coupling
Motor neuron releases Ach onto the surface of the skeletal muscle fiber. The fiber’s nicotinic receptors are activated, opening K+ and Na+ channels. The cell membrane is depolarized. The action potential moves away from the motor end plate in all directions, including down the t-tubule system. Receptors in the t-tubules called dihydropyridine receptors (DHP) are activated by the change in voltage. They are connected to the ryanodine receptors in the lateral sacks of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). The ryanodine receptors are opened by the change in conformation of the DHP receptors and Ca2+ is released from the SR. Ca2+ diffuses across the myofilaments. The Ca2+ binds to troponin C, causing it to change conformation, pulling on troponin I, which in turn pulls on tropomyosin. With the altered conformation in tropomyosin, the myosin binding sites on g actin molecules are exposed. Myosin heads can now bind to g actin molecules and cross-bridge cycling begins, shortening the sarcomere by pulling on the actin filaments and drawing the z disks closer together

17 Cross-Bridge Cycling



20 Cross-bridge cycling Why?
Continues as long as nerve depolarizes muscle membrane; also dependent on fuel supply as myosin power stroke is dependent on ATP Pulls z lines closer together; shortens sarcomere Myosin heads do not pull in a synchronized manner; random rowing Why?

21 Relaxation What must happen for a muscle to relax: _

22 Factors Affecting Strength of Muscle Contraction
Energy supply Anaerobic glycolysis; aerobic glycolysis; FA metabolism; phosphocreatine metabolism ATP + creatine phosphocreatine + ADP ATP + creatine Muscle length


24 Frequency of stimulation
Summation; tetanus Why does the force of contraction increase? What factors are changing at the cellular level?

25 Frequency of stimulus determines the overall cellular [Ca2+]
Frequency of stimulus determines the overall cellular [Ca2+]. The more Ca2+, the greater the binding to troponin. The greater the binding, the more movement of tropomyosin. The more active sites exposed, the greater the number of myosin heads that can bind. The more myosin heads performing a powerstroke, the greater the strength of contraction.

26 Number of motor units activated (recruitment)
Slow twitch, fatigue resistant activated first; weak stimulus activates them Fast twitch, fatigue-resistant (intermediate) activated as stimulus intensity increases Fast twitch, glycolytic activated at stimuli of highest intensity What will happen if you maximally contract a muscle for an extended period of time? Why?

27 Types of Contractions Isotonic = same stretch; moves a load; as muscle contracts, it shortens Concentric = muscle shortens as it moves a load Eccentric = muscle lengthens as it moves a load Isometric = same length; load is not moved; muscle contracts but doesn’t shorten

28 Smooth muscle Small, not striated Involuntary
Found in hollow organs; other organs important to homeostasis Can be activated by stretch, neurons, hormones Little SR; caveolae Myosin has heads down entire length Slow ATPase activity Regulated by myosin light chains Dense bodies anchor actin Actin has no troponin or tropomyosin components



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