The quest for speed: muscles built for high-frequency contractions

Lawrence C. Rome, Stan L. Lindstedt

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Vertebrate sound-producing muscles can contract at frequencies greater than 100 Hz, a feat impossible in locomotory muscles. This is not accomplished by unique proteins or structures but by qualitative shifts in isoforms and quantitative reapportionment of structures. Speed comes with costs and trade-offs, however, that restrict how a muscle can be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalNews in Physiological Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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