Cellular Aspects of Smooth Muscle Function
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.
- Electronic book text
- 11 May 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 50 b/w illus. 6 tables
Table of contents
Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Morphology of smooth muscle Giorgio Gabella; 2. Calcium homeostasis in smooth muscles Jonathan D. Miller and Mary E. Carsten; 3. Ionic currents in visceral smooth muscles C. Y. Kao; 4. Excitatory muscarinic regulation of ion channels smooth muscle Luke J. Janssen and Steven M. Sims; 5. Mechanics of smooth muscle contraction Richard A. Meiss; 6. Regulation of smooth muscle contraction by myosin phosphorylation R. Ann Word and Kristine Kamm; 7. Structure and function of the thin filament proteins of smooth muscle Joseph M. Chalovich and Gabriele Pfitzer; Index.
'This book should be recommended to all colleagues who are either working on the smooth muscle system or planning to do so.' Chih-Lueh Albert Wang, The Physiologist