Reactive oxygen in skeletal muscle. III. Contractility of unfatigued muscle.

This study tested the hypothesis that reactive oxygen intermediates present in unfatigued skeletal muscle act to enhance contractile function. Fiber bundles from rat diaphragm were incubated with exogenous catalase (an antioxidant enzyme that dehydrates hydrogen peroxide to molecular oxygen and water) to decrease the tissue concentration of reactive oxygen… (More)