Cellular Aspects of Smooth Muscle Function

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C. Y. Kao, Mary E. Carsten
Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1997 - Medical - 293 pages
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Smooth muscles line many internal organs and, in general, are involved in moving fluids and slurry around the body. They are controlled by the action of hormones, by nervous stimulation, and can be influenced by drugs. This 1997 book provides a review of our understanding of smooth muscle and integrates molecular, cellular and physiological information with tissue and anatomical studies. Well-known researchers have written chapters giving detailed reviews of our current knowledge of the biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology and anatomy of smooth muscle. In particular, they cover the seven most important areas of smooth muscle function including morphology, electrophysiology, mechanisms of electromechanical and pharmacomechanical coupling, calcium homeostasis, signal transduction, mechanics of contraction, and the contractile proteins. All those interested in muscular contraction will find this book worthwhile, whether they are biochemists, physiologists, or cell biologists.
 

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Contents

Calcium homeostasis in smooth muscles Jordan D Miller
48
Ionic channel functions in some visceral smooth myocytes
98
Muscarinic regulation of ion channels in smooth muscle
132
Mechanics of smooth muscle contraction Richard A Meiss
169
Regulation of smooth muscle contraction by myosin
209
Structure and function of the thin filament proteins of smooth
253
Index
289
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