Fast (oxidative or glycolytic), fatigable fibers
Have very fast-acting myosin ATPases and depend upon anaerobic metabolism during contraction.
Contain abundant amounts of glycogen.
Slow (oxidative), fatigue-resistant fibers
Depends on oxygen delivery and aerobic mechanisms. Red fibers, the smallest of the fiber types.
Abundant in muscles used to maintain posture.
A relatively high percentage are found in successful marathon runners.
The stimulus above which no stronger contraction can be elicited, because all motor units are firing in the muscle.
The phenomenon in which the contraction strength of a muscle increases, due to increased Ca2+ availability and enzyme efficiency during the warm-up.
The situation in which contractions become stronger due to stimulation before complete relaxation occurs.
Serves as the actual "trigger" for muscle contraction by removing the inhibition of the troponin molecules.
Normally stored in the terminal cisternae of the sarcoplasmic reticulum.
A metabolic pathway that provides for a large amount of ATP per glucose because oxygen is used. Products are water and carbon dioxide and ATP.
Used to convert ADP to ATP by transfer of a high-energy phosphate group. A reserve high-energy compound.
The thin filaments (actin) contain a polypeptide subunit G actin that bear active sites for myosin attachment.
A motor neuron and all the muscle cells that it stimulates are referred to as a motor end plate.
A contraction in which the muscle does not shorten but its tension increases is called isometric.
Muscle contraction will always promote movement of body parts regardless of how they are attached.
Whereas skeletal muscle cells are electrically coupled, smooth muscle cells appear to be chemically coupled by gap junctions.
A resting potential is caused by a difference in the concentration of certain ions inside and outside the cell.
The effect of a neurotransmitter on the muscle cell membrane is to modify its ion permeability properties temporarily.
When a muscle fiber contracts, the I bands diminish in size, the H zones disappear, and the A bands move closer together but do not diminish in length.
Fatigued muscle cells that recover rapidly are the products of ________.
intense exercise of short duration
The strongest muscle contractions are normally achieved by ________.
increasing the stimulation up to the maximal stimulus
Which of the following would be recruited later in muscle stimulation when contractile strength increases?
motor units with larger, less excitable neurons
Which of the following is not a usual result of resistance exercise?
increase in the number of muscle cells
In skeletal muscle contraction, calcium apparently acts to ________.
remove the blocking action of tropomyosin
An elaborate network of membranes in skeletal muscle cells that functions in calcium storage is the ________.
Immediately following the arrival of the stimulus at a skeletal muscle cell there is a short period called the ________ period during which the events of excitation-contraction coupling occur.
Creatine phosphate functions in the muscle cell by ________.
storing energy that will be transferred to ADP to resynthesize ATP
After nervous stimulation of the muscle cell has ceased, the calcium ________.
level in the cytoplasm drops
The major function of the sarcoplasmic reticulum in muscle contraction is to ________.
regulate intracellular calcium concentration
The striations of a skeletal muscle cell are produced, for the most part, by ________.
the arrangement of myofilaments
Smooth muscles that act like skeletal muscles but are controlled by autonomic nerves and hormones are ________.
Rigor mortis occurs because ________.
no ATP is available to release attached actin and myosin molecules
Which of the following does not act as a stimulus to initiate a muscle contraction?
a change of temperature
The functional role of the T tubules is to ________.
enhance cellular communication during muscle contraction
The role of calcium ions in muscle contraction is to ________.
bind to regulatory sites on troponin, changing the configuration
The warm-up period required of athletes in order to bring their muscles to peak performance is called ________.
The main effect of the warm-up period of athletes, as the muscle contractions increase in strength, is to ________.
enhance the availability of calcium and the efficiency of enzyme systems
During vigorous excercise, there may be insufficient oxygen available to completely break down pyruvic acid for energy. As a result, the pyruvic acid is converted to ________.
When a muscle is unable to respond to stimuli temporarily, it is in which of the following periods?
Smooth muscle is significantly different from striated muscle in several ways. Which of the following is true?
Smooth muscle contracts in a twisting way.
The mechanism of contraction in smooth muscle is different from skeletal muscle in that ________.
the site of calcium regulation differs
Which of the following statements is not true concerning developmental aspects of muscle?
There is no biological basis for the difference in strength between women and men.
Which of the following is true about smooth muscle contraction?
Certain smooth muscle cells can actually divide to increase their numbers.
Smooth muscle is characterized by all of the following except ________.
there are more thick filaments than thin filaments
The giant protein titin maintains the organization of the ________ assisting in muscle stretching.
Which of the following statements is true?
A) Cardiac muscle cells have many nuclei.
B) Smooth muscle cells have T tubules.
C) Striated muscle cells are long and cylindrical with many nuclei.
D) Cardiac muscle cells are found in the heart and large blood vessels.
An anaerobic metabolic pathway that results in the production of two net ATPs per glucose plus two pyruvic acid molecules is ________.
The sliding filament model of contraction involves ________.
actin and myosin sliding past each other and partially overlap
After nervous stimulation stops, ACh in the synaptic cleft is prevented from continuing stimulation of contraction by ________.
acetylcholinesterase destroying the ACh
Which of the following is most accurate?
Muscle tension remains relatively constant during isotonic contraction.
The most distinguishing characteristic of muscle tissue is ________.
the ability to transform chemical energy into mechanical energy
Three discrete types of muscle fibers are identified on the basis of their size, speed, and endurance. Which of the following athletic endeavors best represents the use of red fibers?
a long, relaxing swim
Of the following muscle types, which has only one nucleus, no sarcomeres, and rare gap junctions?
multiunit smooth muscle