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A myogram of a muscle twitch

A graph shows the relation between tension and time during muscle twitches. The curve first increases and then decreases with increasing time.
A single muscle twitch has a latent period, a contraction phase when tension increases, and a relaxation phase when tension decreases. During the latent period, the action potential is being propagated along the sarcolemma. During the contraction phase, Ca ++ ions in the sarcoplasm bind to troponin, tropomyosin moves from actin-binding sites, cross-bridges form, and sarcomeres shorten. During the relaxation phase, tension decreases as Ca ++ ions are pumped out of the sarcoplasm and cross-bridge cycling stops.

Although a person can experience a muscle “twitch,” a single twitch does not produce any significant muscle activity in a living body. A series of action potentials to the muscle fibers is necessary to produce a muscle contraction that can produce work. Normal muscle contraction is more sustained, and it can be modified by input from the nervous system to produce varying amounts of force; this is called a graded muscle response    . The frequency of action potentials (nerve impulses) from a motor neuron and the number of motor neurons transmitting action potentials both affect the tension produced in skeletal muscle.

The rate at which a motor neuron fires action potentials affects the tension produced in the skeletal muscle. If the fibers are stimulated while a previous twitch is still occurring, the second twitch will be stronger. This response is called wave summation    , because the excitation-contraction coupling effects of successive motor neuron signaling is summed, or added together ( [link] a ). At the molecular level, summation occurs because the second stimulus triggers the release of more Ca ++ ions, which become available to activate additional sarcomeres while the muscle is still contracting from the first stimulus. Summation results in greater contraction of the motor unit.

Wave summation and tetanus

This figure shows two graphs of tension versus time. The left panel shows wave summation and the right panel shows tetanus summation.
(a) The excitation-contraction coupling effects of successive motor neuron signaling is added together which is referred to as wave summation. The bottom of each wave, the end of the relaxation phase, represents the point of stimulus. (b) When the stimulus frequency is so high that the relaxation phase disappears completely, the contractions become continuous; this is called tetanus.

If the frequency of motor neuron signaling increases, summation and subsequent muscle tension in the motor unit continues to rise until it reaches a peak point. The tension at this point is about three to four times greater than the tension of a single twitch, a state referred to as incomplete tetanus. During incomplete tetanus, the muscle goes through quick cycles of contraction with a short relaxation phase for each. If the stimulus frequency is so high that the relaxation phase disappears completely, contractions become continuous in a process called complete tetanus    ( [link] b ).

During tetanus, the concentration of Ca ++ ions in the sarcoplasm allows virtually all of the sarcomeres to form cross-bridges and shorten, so that a contraction can continue uninterrupted (until the muscle fatigues and can no longer produce tension).

Treppe

When a skeletal muscle has been dormant for an extended period and then activated to contract, with all other things being equal, the initial contractions generate about one-half the force of later contractions. The muscle tension increases in a graded manner that to some looks like a set of stairs. This tension increase is called treppe    , a condition where muscle contractions become more efficient. It’s also known as the “staircase effect” ( [link] ).

Treppe

A graph shows tension as a function of time. The curve looks like a waveform.
When muscle tension increases in a graded manner that looks like a set of stairs, it is called treppe. The bottom of each wave represents the point of stimulus.

It is believed that treppe results from a higher concentration of Ca ++ in the sarcoplasm resulting from the steady stream of signals from the motor neuron. It can only be maintained with adequate ATP.

Muscle tone

Skeletal muscles are rarely completely relaxed, or flaccid. Even if a muscle is not producing movement, it is contracted a small amount to maintain its contractile proteins and produce muscle tone    . The tension produced by muscle tone allows muscles to continually stabilize joints and maintain posture.

Muscle tone is accomplished by a complex interaction between the nervous system and skeletal muscles that results in the activation of a few motor units at a time, most likely in a cyclical manner. In this manner, muscles never fatigue completely, as some motor units can recover while others are active.

The absence of the low-level contractions that lead to muscle tone is referred to as hypotonia    or atrophy, and can result from damage to parts of the central nervous system (CNS), such as the cerebellum, or from loss of innervations to a skeletal muscle, as in poliomyelitis. Hypotonic muscles have a flaccid appearance and display functional impairments, such as weak reflexes. Conversely, excessive muscle tone is referred to as hypertonia    , accompanied by hyperreflexia (excessive reflex responses), often the result of damage to upper motor neurons in the CNS. Hypertonia can present with muscle rigidity (as seen in Parkinson’s disease) or spasticity, a phasic change in muscle tone, where a limb will “snap” back from passive stretching (as seen in some strokes).

Chapter review

The number of cross-bridges formed between actin and myosin determines the amount of tension produced by a muscle. The length of a sarcomere is optimal when the zone of overlap between thin and thick filaments is greatest. Muscles that are stretched or compressed too greatly do not produce maximal amounts of power. A motor unit is formed by a motor neuron and all of the muscle fibers that are innervated by that same motor neuron. A single contraction is called a twitch. A muscle twitch has a latent period, a contraction phase, and a relaxation phase. A graded muscle response allows variation in muscle tension. Summation occurs as successive stimuli are added together to produce a stronger muscle contraction. Tetanus is the fusion of contractions to produce a continuous contraction. Increasing the number of motor neurons involved increases the amount of motor units activated in a muscle, which is called recruitment. Muscle tone is the constant low-level contractions that allow for posture and stability.

Questions & Answers

human body largest organ.....
jasveer Reply
liver
JOY
liver
Lem
Skin
amen
lungs
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skin
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brian
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Tanveer
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Tanveer
define homeostasis and explain it's importants
Adusei Reply
define the important life processes of humans
Adusei
how the bone marrow transplantation is done?
Tanveer
what is homeostasis
julie Reply
internal temperature of body
Sanket
Homeostasis is the internal constancy in which your body tries to maintain for optimal cellular functioning. For example, your body tries to maintain an internal body temperature of about 98.6F for optimal functioning of your body.
Carmelo
If a prolonged lost of homeostasis occurs, death of the organism will be the outcome.
Carmelo
Another example of homeostasis is that your body tries to maintain a specific blood sugar level, so that your cells can undergo constant cellular respiration and keep you alive.
Carmelo
homeostasis is the fairly constant internal changes of an environment (your internal environment).The temperature of a body must be kept between the range of 37.5°c
raphael
which tissue is more sensitive
Rit Reply
to what?
Lari
explain types of hypertension
Juli Reply
What is bulbar paralysis?
Roshni Reply
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Marwat Reply
what is the stimuli initiates the control of erythropoiesis?
Ok Reply
oxygen
Liyungu
Erythropoietin, a hormone synthesized and released by the kidneys stimulate erythropoiesis in red bone marrow. When an Individual loses blood (hemorrhage) and the concentration of RBCs or oxygen decreases, erythropoitein will be released.
Carmelo
how lymph is from
Hafsa Reply
Lymph is essentially interstitial fluid that ends up in the lymphatic vessels that didn't go back into the venules. Lymph is composed of the same components as your blood plasma which contains water, solutes, oxygen, CO2, foreign particles such as toxins, bacteria and viruses.
Carmelo
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Clarus
The cause of identical twins is when a single fertilized egg undergo mitosis (splits in two) . As a result, both eggs now have the same genetic information, therefore producing two identical twins.
Carmelo
how structure and function relate to each other?
Garmai
This is a very important rule in Anatomy and Physiology. The structure of a cell, tissue, or organ will tell you a lot about it's function.
Carmelo
For example, simple columnar cells (enterocytes) in the villus present in the duodenum of the small intestine contain microvilli. Microvilli are finger like projections of the cell membrane (produce by the cytoskeleton)that increase the surface area for absorption of nutrients into the enterocytes.
Carmelo
The main role of these enterocytes is to absorb. Therefore, having Microvilli as a structure relates to its function.
Carmelo
@ Carmelo thanks for the answer.
Garmai
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Carmelo
what is anatomy
Kamran Reply
is simply defined as the stody of internal and external structure of human body and the relationships between the body part.
Surajo
Anatomy Is The Study Of The Structure Of The Human body
Dennis
anatomy is the science that deals with the study of the body structure
Vida
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amani
Hyperglycemia is the term used when somebody is in a state of high blood sugar levels. For example, after you eat a meal with carbohydrates in it, (post-absorbptive state) your blood is hyperglycemic.
Carmelo
Pathophysiology is the study of how diseases function and cause abnormal functioning in the body. Usually pathophysiology is studied at a molecular/cellular level.
Carmelo
I meant to say absorbptive* state on explanation of hyperglycemia. Usually during post-absorbptive state your blood has low blood sugar levels.
Carmelo
what is sex?
Soumyakanta Reply
Your biological sex is determined by your sex chromosome which is pair number 23. if you have a XX pair then you are a female. if you have XY pair then you are a male.
Carmelo
the sex chromosomes are called as allosome
Tanveer
True, the other 22 pairs are called autosomes :)
Carmelo
why the left hemisphere controls the right side body parts and right hemisphere controls the left side body parts?
Tanveer
because it is like that
Sherin
It has to do with how the neuronal pathway are intertwined to opposites sides of the body I think. A motor output from the left cerebral hemisphere (motor cortex) will end up stimulating your right side of the body.
Carmelo
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Liyungu
Your biological sex is tied to your DNA (genetic information). A male have testes and female have ovaries which are reproductive organs is tied to your genetic information (sex chromosome). If an individual feels like it is either a male or female is called gender identity.
Carmelo
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Liyungu
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Tasheria
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Rohino
most blood enters the ventricle during what phase?
Tina Reply
rapid ejection
Tanveer
Most of the blood in the heart enters the ventricles during the diastolic phase.
Carmelo
ok
ren
which of the following is the types of personal protective equipment protects mucous membranes?
Garmai
Most (not all) mucous membranes secrete mucus because they contain goblet cells in between the epithelial tissue. Mucus coats the layers of epithelium and traps particles. The epithelial type is either stratified squamous, simple columnar, or pseudostratified columnar in mucous membranes.
Carmelo
Are you a professor Carmelo?
Sherin
No sir, I'm a nursing and biology student as well in university.
Carmelo
smart!
Sherin
thanks!
Carmelo
why the fever occurs if any injury or pain occurs
Tanveer
fever is de best indication to show there is an infection
Kumsah
what is the actual mechanism of fever
Tanveer
correct Tanveer, the normal internal body temperature is 98.6 Fareinheit. When the temperature rises above 100 fareinheit, it is usually an indication of infection.
Carmelo
White blood cells which protect you against foreign antigens become active and release cytokines (pyrogens) during infection which causes the hypothalamus to raise your internal body temperature.
Carmelo
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Tanveer
thank you. you are very intelligent
Tanveer
the mechanism of fever appears to be a defensive reaction by the body against infectious disease. when bacteria or viruses invade the body and cause tissue injury one of de body immune system's responses is to produce pyrogen
Kumsah
Yes, the hypothalamus responds to pyrogens by raising your body temperature. The reason your hypothalamus does this is to stunt the growth and metabolism of whatever is causing the infection (bacteria, virus, fungi protozoa, etc.)
Carmelo
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Tanveer
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Sherin
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I was asking Carmelo?
Sherin
Georgia State University.
Carmelo
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Sherin
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Carmelo
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Taufik
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Taufik
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I'm in University of Technology, Jamaica
Nichole
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Taufik
what difference exist between anatomy and physiology?
Collins Reply
Anatomy: study of the structure of the body parts and their relationship to one another
Shana
Physiology: Study of the function of body parts and how they work to carry out life-sustaining activities
Shana
physiology function and anatomy location
Bashir
anatomy refers to the study of the body parts and their relationship to each other while physiology deals with functioning of those body parts
Umutoni
Yes of course.In layman language Anatomy is study of internal organs, whereas physiology is study of how those organs function. Anatomy is is related to how they look their shape size... Physiology is how they work
Juveriya
anotomy dealt with the external and internal stuctural features of body and their constituent physiology deals with the functioning or action of that stucture
Tanveer
Anatomy is the study of the structures (internal and external) of a living organism. Physiology is the study of how the structures of a living organism function often at a molecular and cellular level.
Carmelo
anatomy is the structure of different body parts of human body and physiology is the normal body function of body parts of the human body
Akshay
anatomy is study of structure of the body e.g, system,organ's size shape location and physiology is the study of function of the body eg,eye ball movement , release of hormones , circulation of blood etc
Soumya
thanks
Tammy
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Collins
thanks bro
SAGAR
Explain the meaning of life in a scientific manner
Dezni
probably it doesn't have a meaning yet it can be realised by certain signs that have a scientifically defined terms?!!!!
Osama
At least in a scientific manner, scientists have agreed that production and use of cellular energy, as well as growth and reproduction are essential when defining what is alive in a biological sense. For example, viruses are not considered alive because they cannot grow or reproduce by themselves.
Carmelo
this virus issues is being challenged currently.
Osama
what z your conclusion over virus bro?
Liyungu
pipo what is the relationship between T- cells ( specifically T-helper), & all three line of defence mechanism
Liyungu
anatomy is the science that deals with the study of the human structure whilst physiology is a science that covers the function and process of the body structure.
Vida
defien brache of Anatomy
Hamad
anatomy is the study of internal and external body parts while physiology is the science that covers the function and process of the body structure.
Priscillah
what is blood fluid
Adefarasin Reply
what is menstrual cycle
Adefarasin
periodic flow of blood from the female human vigina, after an unfertlized egg has been released from the ovaries
Kobby
the shedding of of the uterine walls,that occurs when fertilization doesn't occur
Kevin
fertilization after occur menstrual cycle
Bashir
it's called menses
Melissa
menses:(menstrual cycle) A monthly shedding of uterine lining and blood. For up to 3 to 7 days every 28 days.
Mel
The menstrual cycle is divided into multiple phases. Menses is the last phase of the cycle when fertilization doesn't occur and endometrium of the uterus shed (stratum functionalis) due to lack of estrogen and progesterone signaling.
Carmelo
The lack of estrogen and progesterone signaling is due to the degeneration of the corpus lueteum when fertilization doesn't occur.
Carmelo
Blood fluid: Blood is composed of blood plasma + formed elements. The blood plasma is 55% of blood volume and it contains 90% of water. It also contains ions, hormones, gases, protein transporters, etc. Blood plasma is also considered extracellular fluid.
Carmelo
The formed elements of blood include RBCs (45-50% of blood), WBCs and Plalets (less than 1% of blood).
Carmelo
Almost forgot, blood plasma also carries nutrients which is obviously very important for survival.
Carmelo
we appreciate bro, our studies are becoming easy & easy
Liyungu
what difference between zink and jesta
Anurag Reply

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