Cellular Aspects of Smooth Muscle Function

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Overview

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. These factors act through a complex system of signals involving receptors, enzymes and inorganic ions. This book provides an up to date review of our understanding of smooth muscle. The focus is on ionic movements, and on electrical, biochemical, and mechanical events in contraction and relaxation and on the underlying structures.

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Editorial Reviews

John G. Wood
This book contains seven chapters by different contributors regarding various aspects of smooth muscle function. According to the editors, the purpose of this book is to provide new information on general properties of various types of smooth muscle. These important goals have been achieved in this interesting book. Since the editors hope this book will stimulate further study of smooth muscle function, the book appears primarily targeted for researchers. The contributors are well-recognized authorities in their fields. The book contains an adequate number of figures which significantly enhance the text. In general, the chapters contain many recent references which will be of value to researchers. This book will be very useful to researchers in the field of smooth muscle. The editors have succeeded in developing a set of general principles of smooth muscle function, while still emphasizing the diversity in various organs. I highly recommend this well-written and stimulating book to anyone interested in this field.
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Reviewer: John G. Wood, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book contains seven chapters by different contributors regarding various aspects of smooth muscle function.
Purpose: According to the editors, the purpose of this book is to provide new information on general properties of various types of smooth muscle. These important goals have been achieved in this interesting book.
Audience: Since the editors hope this book will stimulate further study of smooth muscle function, the book appears primarily targeted for researchers. The contributors are well-recognized authorities in their fields.
Features: The book contains an adequate number of figures which significantly enhance the text. In general, the chapters contain many recent references which will be of value to researchers.
Assessment: This book will be very useful to researchers in the field of smooth muscle. The editors have succeeded in developing a set of general principles of smooth muscle function, while still emphasizing the diversity in various organs. I highly recommend this well-written and stimulating book to anyone interested in this field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521018609
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Morphology of smooth muscle 1
2 Calcium homeostasis in smooth muscles 48
3 Ionic channel functions in some visceral smooth myocytes 98
4 Muscarinic regulation of ion channels in smooth muscle 132
5 Mechanics of smooth muscle contraction 169
6 Regulation of smooth muscle contraction by myosin phosphorylation 209
7 Structure and function of the thin filament proteins of smooth muscle 253
Index 289
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