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1

do T tubules exist in cardiac muscle?

yes, they invaginate at the z-line

2

what is cardiac muscle called a "functional syncytium"?

because all the cardiac muscle cells are mechanically and electrically connected to one other- the entire tissue resembles 1 giant cell

3

why does cardiac muscle sarcoplasm have large numbers of mitrochondria and abundant reserves of myoglobin?

because the cells are dependent on aerobic metabolism to obtain energy needed to continue contracting

4

does this statement describe skeletal or cardiac muscle
"physical attachment between L type calcium channel and ryanodine receptors (the endfeet)"

skeletal muscle

5

how are the ryanodine receptors opened in cardiac muscle cells?

calcium induced calcium release

6

how long does a skeletal AP last? a cardiac AP?

skeletal- less than 5 msec
cardiac- around 250msec

7

can there be summation in cardiac muscle action potentials?

NO! the refractory period prevents it- heart contracts ONLY by twitch

8

what triggers phase 1 in a ventricle action potential?

closing of the Na+ channels

9

what 2 stages in ventricle action potential correspond to the absolute refractory period?

phase 1 & 2

10

how does phase 1 look on the graph?

slight dip (brief repolarization)

11

how does phase 2 look on the graph?

plateau phase

12

how do action potentials move between adjacent cells?

by means of charge displacement through gap junctions

13

what percentage of the necessary calcium for a twitch in a cardiac cell comes from outside the cell?

20%

14

what percentage of the necessary calcium for a twitch in a cardiac cell comes from the SR in the cell?

80%

15

how much external calcium contributes to skeletal muscle transients and twitch?

ZERO percent

16

what method of calcium extraction from the sarcoplasm contributes the greatest to calcium removal?

sarcoplasmic and endoplasmic retiuculm ATPase (SERCA)
about 80%

17

what percentage of sarcoplasmic calcium is removed via the sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX)?

15%

18

besides NCX and SERCA what is the last "major" way to get ride of calcium in the sarcoplasm?

PCMA-pump that removes calcium from the cell
5%

19

in cardiac muscle, where does calcium bind to initiate the crossbridge cycle?

troponin C

20

when is the twitch in a cardiac muscle terminated?

when there is calcium clearance from the sarcoplasm

21

in cardiac muscle is there recruitment?

NO

22

how long is the refractory period in an cardiac muscle cell action potential

300 msec

23

what are two ways tension can be affected in cardiac muscle cells?

-by altering the sarcoplasmic [ca]-by an inotropic agent
-altering calcium sensitivity of the myofilament

24

withOUT vagal stimulation, what is the heart rate triggered spontaneously by the SA node?

100 bpm

25

with vagal stimulation, what is the heart rate triggered spontaneously by the SA node?

60 bpm

26

at what sarcomere length is the maximal force generated in the human heart?

2.2 micrometers

27

an increase in initial length in cardiac muscle will do what to PO (maximum load)?

increase it

28

an increase in initial length in cardiac muscle will do what to velocity of shortening? amount of shortening?

increase both

29

an increase in initial length in cardiac muscle will do what to work the heart does? power delivered by the heart?

increase both

30

what is unique to cardiac muscle compared to skeletal muscle regarding muscle tension?

in cardiac muscle there is an additional mechanism that plays a role in tension besides just myosin/actin overlap