Optimal design of vertebrate and insect sarcomeres.

  title={Optimal design of vertebrate and insect sarcomeres.},
  author={Egbert Otten},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  volume={191 1},
This paper offers a model for the normalized length-tension relation of a muscle fiber based upon sarcomere design. Comparison with measurements published by Gordon et al. ('66) shows an accurate fit as long as the inhomogeneity of sarcomere length in a single muscle fiber is taken into account. Sequential change of filament length and the length of the cross-bridge-free zone leads the model to suggest that most vertebrate sarcomeres tested match the condition of optimal construction for the… CONTINUE READING