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Current Basic and Pathological Approaches to the Function of Muscle Cells and Tissues

From Molecules to Humans

Edited by Haruo Sugi

Teikyo University

This volume contains 17 short review articles classified into 3 parts. Part I consists of 7 articles dealing with basic aspects of contractile mechanism in skeletal and smooth muscle cells and also function of melanocytes having many properties common to those of smooth muscles. Part II and Part III contain articles dealing with pathological aspects of cardiac and smooth muscle cell functions, and dealing with factors influencing structure and function of cardiac and smooth muscle cells and tissues. The Editor believes that these articles are stimulating and informative for readers interested in basic, pathological and clinical aspects of muscle cells and tissues.

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Current Basic and Pathological Approaches to the Function of Muscle Cells and TissuesFrom Molecules to HumansEdited by Haruo Sugi

Published: July 18th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/3003

ISBN: 978-953-51-0679-1

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-7016-7

Copyright year: 2012

Books open for chapter submissions

43883 Total Chapter Downloads

16 Crossref Citations

32 Web of Science Citations

43 Dimensions Citations


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1. The Gas Environmental Chamber as a Powerful Tool to Study Structural Changes of Living Muscle Thick Filaments Coupled with ATP Hydrolysis

By Haruo Sugi, Hiroki Minoda, Takuya Miyakawa, Suguru Tanokura, Shigeru Chaen and Takakazu Kobayashi


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2. Calcium Cycling in Synthetic and Contractile Phasic or Tonic Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells

By Larissa Lipskaia, Isabelle Limon, Regis Bobe and Roger Hajjar


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3. The Role of Sodium-Calcium Exchanger in the Calcium Homeostasis of Airway Smooth Muscle

By Ricardo Espinosa-Tanguma, Paola Algara-Suárez, Rebeca Mejía-Elizondo and Víctor Saavedra-Alanís


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4. Contraction by Ca2+ Influx via the L-Type Ca2+ Channel Voltage Window in Mouse Aortic Segments is Modulated by Nitric Oxide

By Paul Fransen, Cor E. Van Hove, Johanna van Langen and Hidde Bult


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5. MAP Kinase-Mediated and MLCK-Independent Phosphorylation of MLC20 in Smooth Muscle Cells

By Maoxian Deng, Lixia Deng and Yarong Xue


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6. Two Guanylylcyclases Regulate the Muscarinic Activation of Airway Smooth Muscle

By Marcelo J. Alfonzo, Fabiola Placeres-Uray, Walid Hassan-Soto, Adolfo Borges, Ramona González de Alfonzo and Itala Lippo de Becemberg


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7. Melanophores: Smooth Muscle Cells in Disguise

By Saima Salim and Sharique A. Ali


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8. Cardiomyocyte and Heart Failure

By Shintaro Nakano, Toshihiro Muramatsu, Shigeyuki Nishimura and Takaaki Senbonmatsu


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9. Implication of MicroRNAs in the Pathophysiology of Cardiac and Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells

By Valérie Metzinger-Le Meuth, Eléonore M'Baya-Moutoula, Fatiha Taibi, Ziad Massy and Laurent Metzinger


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10. Cardiovascular Lesions of Kawasaki Disease: From Genetic Study to Clinical Management

By Ho-Chang Kuo and Wei-Chiao Chang


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11. Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells and the Comparative Pathology of Atherosclerosis

By Hafidh I. Al-Sadi


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12. Choroidal Vessel Wall: Hypercholesterolaemia-Induced Dysfunction and Potential Role of Statins

By J.M. Ramírez, J.J. Salazar, R. de Hoz, B. Rojas, B.I. Gallego, A.I. Ramírez and A. Triviño


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13. Different Modulators of Airways and Distal Lung Parenchyma Contractile Responses in the Physiopathology of Asthma

By Carla Máximo Prado, Edna Aparecida Leick, Fernanda Degobbi Tenório Quirino dos Santos Lopes, Milton A. Martins and Iolanda de Fátima Lopes Calvo Tibério


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14. Regulation of Differentiated Phenotypes of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells

By Sho Shinohara, Satoko Shinohara, Takanori Kihara and Jun Miyake


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15. Structure and Function of Smooth Muscle with Special Reference to Mast Cells

By Angel Vodenicharov


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16. Role of Prokineticin in Epicardial Progenitor Cell Differentiation to Regenerate Heart

By Canan G. Nebigil


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17. Hypoxic Pulmonary Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation

By Shiro Mizuno, Hirohisa Toga and Takeshi Ishizaki


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