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Mechanical properties of gastrointestinal smooth muscle

Handbook of Physiology, The Gastrointestinal System, Motility and Circulation

  1. Richard A. Meiss

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp060108

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Meiss, R. A. 2011. Mechanical properties of gastrointestinal smooth muscle. Comprehensive Physiology. 273–329.

Author Information

  1. Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Classic Mechanical Characterization of Muscle
    • 1.1
      Controlling the Conditions of Contraction
  • 2
    Mechanism of Contraction of Skeletal Muscle
    • 2.1
      Basic Concepts of Skeletal Muscle Contraction
  • 3
    Classic Mechanical Concepts Applied to Smooth Muscle
    • 3.1
      Isometric Mechanical Behavior
    • 3.2
      Isotonic Mechanical Behavior
    • 3.3
      Other Special Mechanical Considerations
  • 4
    Comparative Aspects of Smooth Muscle Mechanical Properties
  • 5
    Experimental Approaches to Gastrointestinal Muscle Mechanics
    • 5.1
      Direct Study of Gut Movements and Motility
    • 5.2
      Study of Isolated Muscle Preparations
    • 5.3
      Instrumentation Used to Study Smooth Muscle Mechanics
  • 6
    Mechanical Properties of Gastrointestinal Smooth Muscle
    • 6.1
      Isometric Properties
    • 6.2
      Isotonic Properties
    • 6.3
      Relaxation of Smooth Muscle
  • 7
    Appendix
    • 7.1
      Intuitive Approach to Behavior of Viscoelastic Systems