Tension Transients in Single Isolated Smooth Muscle Cells

  • David M. Warshaw
  • Fredric S. Fay
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 37)


Tension transients have been recorded for the first time in a single smooth muscle cell. The transient contains a linear elastic response and a biphasic recovery which appear to originate from the cross-bridges. A comparison of transients in smooth and fast skeletal muscle fibers suggests that the cross-bridge in smooth muscle is more compliant than in striated muscle and that transitions between several cross-bridge states occur more slowly.


Length Step Elastic Response Length Dependence Contractile Mechanism Fast Skeletal Muscle 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Warshaw
    • 1
  • Fredric S. Fay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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