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Mechanical Properties of Airway Smooth Muscle

Handbook of Physiology, The Respiratory System, Mechanics of Breathing

  1. Newman L. Stephens1,
  2. Frederic G. Hoppin Jr.2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp030317

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Stephens, N. L. and Hoppin, F. G. 2011. Mechanical Properties of Airway Smooth Muscle. Comprehensive Physiology. 263–276.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

  2. 2

    The Memorial Hospital, Brown University, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Airway Smooth Muscle
    • 1.1
      Length-Tension Relationships
    • 1.2
      Force-Velocity Relationships
    • 1.3
      Stimulus-Response Relationships
    • 1.4
      Myogenic Responses
    • 1.5
      Contractility
    • 1.6
      Series-Elastic Component
    • 1.7
      Maximum Force Potential (Active State)
    • 1.8
      Relaxation
    • 1.9
      Length Forcing
    • 1.10
      Heterogeneity of Mechanical Properties
    • 1.11
      Mechanics of Lung Strips
  • 2
    Contractile Interstitial Cells of the Lung
  • 3
    Functional Role of Airway Smooth Muscle
  • 4
    Conclusion