Neural control of muscle relaxation in echinoderms.

@article{Elphick2001NeuralCO,
  title={Neural control of muscle relaxation in echinoderms.},
  author={Maurice R Elphick and Richard Melarange},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={204 Pt 5},
  pages={875-85}
}
Smooth muscle relaxation in vertebrates is regulated by a variety of neuronal signalling molecules, including neuropeptides and nitric oxide (NO). The physiology of muscle relaxation in echinoderms is of particular interest because these animals are evolutionarily more closely related to the vertebrates than to the majority of invertebrate phyla. However, whilst in vertebrates there is a clear structural and functional distinction between visceral smooth muscle and skeletal striated muscle… CONTINUE READING

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