Isometric Tension Differences in Fibers of Red and White Muscles

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Science  14 Jul 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3785, pp. 199
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3785.199


Measurements of maximum isometric tension and rate of onset of tension in fibers of glycerinated rat muscle indicate that the red soleus fibers develop significantly higher tensions than do white medial gastrocnemius fibers. Gastrocnemius fibers develop tension at a significantly faster rate than soleus fibers, however. These differences seem to be related to formation of actinmyosin cross-links.