Limulus Striated Muscle Provides an Unusual Model for Muscle Contraction

  • M. M. Dewey
  • P. Brink
  • D. E. Colflesh
  • B. Gaylinn
  • S.-F. Fan
  • F. Anapol
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 37)


Although nearly two decades have passed since de Villafranca (1961) described A-band shortening, controversy persists. Here we will review the data which has been amassed since de Villafranca’s description. We will conclude that A-bands and thick filaments shorten during sarcomere shortening in Limulus striated muscle. Further we will suggest that two machines operate in this muscle: a tension generating sliding filament system and a tension generating thick filament shortening system. Also we will suggest a mechanism of force generation of the filament shortening system and provide evidence for a cycling bridge mechanism for this muscle.


Myosin Heavy Chain Myosin Light Chain Thin Filament Horseshoe Crab Sarcomere Length 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Dewey
    • 1
  • P. Brink
    • 1
  • D. E. Colflesh
    • 1
  • B. Gaylinn
    • 1
  • S.-F. Fan
    • 2
  • F. Anapol
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomical Sciences, School of MedicineHealth Sciences Center State University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Shanghai Institute of PhysiologyAcademia SinicaShanghaiChina

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