Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Muscle Contraction

  • Haruo Sugi

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 538)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Molecular Factors Influencing Cardiac and Smooth Muscle Contraction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. van der Velden, Z. Papp, N. M. Boontje, R. Zaremba, J. W. de Jong, P. M. L. Janssen et al.
      Pages 3-15
    3. Paul Fransen, Jan Hendrickx, Gilles De Keulenaer
      Pages 43-56
    4. Ryozo Nagai, Takayuki Shindo, Ichiro Manabe, Toru Suzuki, Masahiko Kurabayashi
      Pages 57-66
    5. Norman R. Alpert, David M. Warshaw
      Pages 77-88
    6. G. Pfitzer, A. Wirth, C. Lucius, D. Brkic-Koric, E. Manser, P. de Lanerolle et al.
      Pages 89-99
  3. Molecular Mechanism of Actin-Myosin Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Takashi Watari, Akira Ono, Yoshiki Ishii, Huang Zhenli, Shinichi Miyake, Teizo Tsuchiya
      Pages 111-118
    3. Noriyuki Kodera, Tatsuya Kinoshita, Takahiro Ito, Toshio Ando
      Pages 119-127
    4. Gerald H. Pollack, Xiumei Liu, Olga Yakovenko, Felix A. Blyakhman
      Pages 129-141
    5. Mitsuo Ikebe, Akira Inoue, So Nishikawa, Kazuaki Homma, Hiroto Tanaka, Atsuko Hikikoshi Iwane et al.
      Pages 143-157
    6. Kenneth C. Holmes, Rasmus R. Schröder
      Pages 159-167
    7. Margaret V. Westfall, Joseph M. Metzger
      Pages 169-174
    8. Hirofumi Onishi, Takashi Ohki, Naoki Mozhizuki, Manuel F. Morales
      Pages 175-181
    9. Shigeru Chaen, Naoto Yamamoto, Ibuki Shirakawa, Haruo Sugi
      Pages 183-192

About these proceedings


This volume presents the proceedings of a muscle symposium, which was supported by the grant from the Fujihara Foundation of Science to be held as the Fourth Fujihara Seminar on October 28 -November 1, 2002, at Hakone, Japan. The Fujihara Seminar covers all fields of natural science, while only one proposal is granted every year. It is therefore a great honor for me to be able to organize this meeting. Before this symposium, I have organized muscle symposia five times, and published the proceedings: " Cross-bridge Mechanism in Muscle Contraction (University of Tokyo Press, 1978), "Contractile Mechanisms in Muscle" (plenum, 1984); "Molecular Mechanisms of Muscle Contraction" (plenum, 1988); "Mechanism of MyofIlament Sliding in Muscle contraction" (plenum, 1993); "Mechanisms of Work Production and Work Absorption in Muscle" (plenum, 1998). As with these proceedings, this volume contains records of discussions made not only after each presentation but also during the periods of General Discussion, in order that general readers may properly evaluate each presentation and the up-to-date situation of this research field. It was my great pleasure to have Dr. Hugh Huxley, a principal discoverer of the sliding fIlament mechanism in muscle contraction, in this meeting. On my request, Dr. Huxley kindly gave a special lecture on his monumental discovery of myofIlament-lattice structure by X-ray diffraction of living skeletal muscle. I hope general readers to learn how a breakthrough in a specific research field can be achieved.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Haruo Sugi
    • 1
  1. 1.Teikyo UniversityTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4764-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9029-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-2598
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