Sarcoplasmic Reticulum of an Unusually Fast-acting Crustacean Muscle

Abstract

The fast-acting, synchronous "remotor" muscle of the lobster second antenna was examined by light and electron microscopy and was found to have a more profuse sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) than any other muscle known. Myofibrils are widely separated from one another and occupy only about one-fourth of the volume of the muscle; most of the remaining volume is taken up by the SR, which resembles the smooth-surfaced reticulum of steroid-secreting cells. Dense granules (0.03-0.1 micro in diameter) are scattered through the reticulum. T-tubules penetrate into the fibers and form dyads along the A bands of myofibrils; however, ferritin-labeling experiments show that the volume of the T-system is very small compared with that of the SR. Myofibrils are approximately 0.5 micro x 1.0 micro in cross section and consist of thick filaments, which appear tubular except at the M region, and thin filaments, which are situated midway between neighboring thick filaments. The ratio of thin to thick filaments is 3:1. The extreme development of the SR in this muscle is discussed in relation to the exceedingly short duration of the contraction-relaxation cycle.

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@article{Rosenbluth1969SarcoplasmicRO, title={Sarcoplasmic Reticulum of an Unusually Fast-acting Crustacean Muscle}, author={J. H. Rosenbluth}, journal={The Journal of Cell Biology}, year={1969}, volume={42}, pages={534 - 547} }