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In acetylcholine (ACh)-stimulated gallbladder smooth muscle, we have previously shown that phosphorylation of the 20,000-Da myosin light chains is necessary for the initiation of contraction, that myosin is stably phosphorylated at steady state, and that dephosphorylation of cross bridges is not necessary for the slowing of cross-bridge cycling rates during(More)
These experiments were designed to characterize the effect of muscle length on isometric stress, sensitivity to stimulation, and phosphorylation of the 20,000-Da myosin light chains in guinea pig gallbladder smooth muscle. Basal, active, and total isometric stress were determined in acetylcholine- or K(+)-treated (10(-4) M ACh, 80 mM KCl) muscle strips at(More)
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