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A Proposed Mechanism of Contraction in which Stepwise Shortening is a Basic Feature

  • Gerald H. Pollack
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 37)

Abstract

A simple model is put forth as an initial attempt to account for the observation that the contractile process is discrete and sychronized over a large region of space.

Keywords

Thin Filament Thick Filament Global Synchrony Contractile Mechanism Activate Force Generator 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald H. Pollack
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  1. 1.Division of Bioengineering and Department of Anesthesiology, WD-12University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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