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Growth of Muscle Tissue and Muscle Mass

  • Robert M. Malina


The basic unit of muscle tissue is the muscle cell or muscle fiber, a cylindrical, multinucleated unit. A skeletal muscle contains many long fibers which have the ability to contract. This contractile property resides in specialized and interacting proteins localized in myofibrils which comprise the muscle fiber. Myofibrils have a transverse banding pattern which gives skeletal muscle its striated appearance. The units comprising each band are sarcomeres.


Muscle Mass Muscle Tissue Creatinine Excretion Body Cell Mass Sarcoplasmic Protein 
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  • Robert M. Malina
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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