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BIOL 5600 Notes 1-28-16

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These notes cover the inner workings of muscle cells.
Biomedical physiology
Dr. Mendonća
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Date Created: 02/17/16
BIOL 5600 1-28-16  Muscle Physiology: -3 types are skeletal, smooth, and cardiac -Ways they differ: >Morphologically, in location, in type of control they are under, in how they are innervated/ what kind of neuro- connections they have 1) Skeletal -Muscle cells connected to the your skeleton -Voluntary control (you can consciously move/control) -Appearance is striated (banding pattern alternating dark and light bands) -Cells are fairly large in size -Multinucleate >Each cell is innervated by 1 motor neuron >Each cell has an axonal terminal going to it >This junction (axonal terminal of motor neuron with synaptic vesicles) is called a neuromuscular junction 2) Cardiac -Involuntary/unconscious control -Square shaped -Occur in sheets; adhere together by specialized gap junctions called intercalated disks (Only in skeletal muscle cells) -Striated with banding and an alternating light and dark pattern -Only one motor neuron for the sheet of cells -Wave of depolarization spreads via the gap junction -All cells are depolarized almost instantaneously -The idea of a wave… cells said to form “functional syncytium” >You only need to stimulate one cell to control all of them -Sheet of cells acts as one big cell 2) Smooth -Not striated; no banding A) Single cell smooth muscle cell -Ex. wrapped around a blood vessel -Described as multi-unit B) Single-unit muscle cell -Many cells -Visceral smooth muscle -Sheets united by gap junctions -Act like cardiac -Functional syncytium formed -Ex. influences contraction patterns -Involuntary control -Found in the wall of the uterus, wall of uterine -The innervation pattern depends >Each multi-unit has an axonal terminal >Each single unit sheet as one axonal terminal Skeletal muscle -Made of many individual muscle fiver that are bundled together -Sometimes attached to bond, sometimes attached to other muscles -Most of the time it is found in joins (2 bones, 1 muscle) with a tendon on either side (tendon is made of dense connective tissue) -Dense connective tissue also covers the “belly” of the muscle Structure from outside in: -Muscle -Connective tissue called epimysium (epimysium protects and prevents overstretching and helps with elasticity) -Tendon -Fascicles (each one is covered by perimysium, a continuation of the epimysium) -Individual skeletal muscle fibers covered by endomysium (continuation of perimysium) (holds blood vessels and nerve endings going to the individual cells)  An individual muscle fiber is made of bundles of myofibrils -The myofibrils are made of myofilaments, which are the thin and thick filaments that create the light and dark bands >Thin filaments are made of mostly actin (the lighter areas) >Thick filaments are made of myosin (the darker areas) (myosin is a protein) -This striation is the functional arrangement -An element that allows contraction is the sarcomere -The sarcomere is the basic functional unit of skeletal and cardiac muscle -A “sarcomere” is the distance from z-line to z-line -The z-line serves as an attachment point for thin filaments -The M-line serves as an attachment point for thick filaments  Contraction -Cell shortens and thickens -The z-lines get closer together -Sarcomeres shorten -Thin filaments are almost touching -You have to have this arrangement to maximize the tension/fore that is generated by the cell >In the overall cell, the thick portion stays the same length and the thin portions narrow -Contraction increases the overlap between thin and thick filaments  A band -The length of the thick filament -No change is size  I band -Where you only see thin filaments -No overlap with thick filaments -Relative lengths due to changes in width  H zone -Where you only see thick filaments -No overlap with thin filaments  Contractions cause increase of overlap between thin and thick filaments  H zone and I band become very narrow  Cardiac muscle cells -Also striated -Have thin/thick filaments -Have sarcomeres *Sliding filament theory of muscle contractions  Other molecules involved: -Thin filaments >Made of actin, tropomyosin, and troponin -Thick filaments >Made of myosin  Molecules that help with alignment (accessory molecules) o Titin -Huge elastic molecule (25 thousand amino acids long) -Stretches from z line to m line -Stabilizes thin/thick filament arrangement -Holds thick filaments appropriately in the myofibril -Contributes to passive elasticity of myofibril >Helps cell regain shape o Nebulin (vital role) -Spans entire length of thin filament -Thought to align the tin filaments, though not exactly sure of actual purpose o Diptrophin -Anchors the myofibrils to the fiber cell membrane  There is normally not much Ca2+. So if you increase Ca2+, it binds to troponin and changes the configuration -Important in contraction


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