PMID: 1255501Jan 1, 1976

The contractile state of rabbit papillary muscle in relation to stimulation frequency

The Journal of Physiology
K A Edman, M Jóhannsson


1. The relationship between active force and stimulation frequency (0-25-5/sec) was studied at 36-37 degrees C in isolated papillary muscles of the rabbit. 2. The muscle's force producing capability at a given frequency was determined as the isometric twitch response to a test stimulus that was applied at various times after a priming period. The optimum contractile response was obtained at an interval of 0-8 sec between the test pulse and the last stimulus of the priming period. 3. The optimum contractile response exceeded the steady-state twitch amplitude at all stimulation frequencies higher than 1/sec. While the steady-state twitch resonse declined at frequencies higher than 4/sec, the optimum contractile response was steadily increased as the stimulation frequency was raised. 4. The optimum contractile response was also determined after priming the muscle with a sinusoidal a.c. pulse (field strength, 10 V (r.m.s.)/cm; frequency, 20 c/s; duration, 2-5 sec). The optimum contractile response obtained after a.c. stimulation was 2-2 times greater than the maximal steady-state response. Its absolute value was 67-3+/-6-1 mN/mm2 (mean +/-S.E. of mean, n = 6). 5. The twitch potentiation produced by priming the muscle at a given fre...Continue Reading


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