A Review of Techniques for Time-Resolved X-Ray Studies on Muscle

  • A. R. Faruqi
  • H. E. Huxley
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 73)


The molecular structure of muscle is of great importance in modern biology for a variety of reasons but mainly because it allows an insight into the mechanism of conversion of chemical energy into mechanical work. This is a fundamental and general problem encountered not only in muscle but also in other situations, e.g. cell motility, cytoplasmic streaming or flagellar movement. The use of structural methods, viz electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, has complemented biochemical and physiological techniques in elucidating the structure and function of different types of muscled 1,2,3. We will restrict our discussion to vertebrate striated muscles in this paper as they have been most extensively used in structural studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Faruqi
    • 1
  • H. E. Huxley
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Laboratory of Molecular BiologyCambridgeEngland

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