In situ muscle power differs without varying in vitro mechanical properties in two insect leg muscles innervated by the same motor neuron.

@article{Ahn2006InSM,
  title={In situ muscle power differs without varying in vitro mechanical properties in two insect leg muscles innervated by the same motor neuron.},
  author={Anna N Ahn and Kenneth Meijer and Robert J. Full},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={209 Pt 17},
  pages={3370-82}
}
The mechanical behavior of muscle during locomotion is often predicted by its anatomy, kinematics, activation pattern and contractile properties. The neuromuscular design of the cockroach leg provides a model system to examine these assumptions, because a single motor neuron innervates two extensor muscles operating at a single joint. Comparisons of the in situ measurements under in vivo running conditions of muscle 178 to a previously examined muscle (179) demonstrate that the same inputs (e.g… CONTINUE READING

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