Muscle - Muscle Contraction

This module provides an introductory overview of muscle contraction.

Content authors:
  • Phillip Smith
  • Amy Rapkiewicz
Module direction:
  • Victoria Harnik
  • Mel Rosenfeld
  • Gregory Dorsainville

Learning objectives for this Activity:

By the end of this module, you will be able to:
1. Describe the structures of actin and myosin filaments in striated and smooth muscles

2. Describe actin-myosin cross-bridge cycling

3. Describe the role of calcium in contraction control

4. Describe the differences in control between striated and smooth muscles

5. Describe the smooth muscle "latch state"

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