Length-Tension Relationship in Skeletal Muscle - Video & Lesson Transcript | pdl-inc.info
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How do we know this? Let's take a look at the frog's gastrocnemius, or calf muscle: The calf muscle would shorten if it were removed from the body.
If you were to remove the muscle from the body of the frog, its length would shorten. Therefore, the muscle is stretched to its resting length within the body. As the muscle is stretched, so are the muscle fibers that make up the muscle organ. As it turns out, the natural resting length of our skeletal muscles maximizes the ability of the muscle to contract when stimulated. If the resting length is shorter or longer, contraction is compromised. The effect of resting fiber length on muscular contraction is referred to as the length-tension relationship.
This lesson will describe the anatomical arrangement of the muscle at rest and explain how this helps with muscular contraction.
Length-Tension Relationship in Skeletal Muscle
Length-Tension Relations Let's do an experiment using the gastrocnemius muscle of a frog to examine the relationship between resting muscle fiber length and contraction. First, remove the gastrocnemius from the frog. Then, clamp the muscle between a fixed position and a force transducer, which is an instrument that will record how much contraction occurs when the muscle contracts.
We can move the clamp to change the resting length of the muscle - in other words, how long the muscle is before it contracts. We will then record contraction after stretching the muscle 1mm each time.
Let's start with a short length at which the muscle is pretty loose. When the muscle contracts at this short resting length, we see a small amount of force development, as illustrated by the small blip on the picture below. When the muscle is loose, only a small amount of force develops during contraction.
Now, let's stretch the muscle a little bit, so we increased its resting length by just 1mm. As you can see below, the muscle contracts with more force at this longer resting length. Tension decreases due to this pause in cross-bridge cycling and formation.
CV Physiology | Length-Tension Relationship for Cardiac Muscle (Effects of Preload)
As the resting muscle length increases, more cross-bridges cycling occurs when muscles are stimulated to contract. The resulting tension increases. Maximum tension is produced when sarcomeres are about 2. This is the optimal resting length for producing the maximal tension. By increasing the muscle length beyond the optimum, the actin filaments become pulled away from the myosin filaments and from each other.
At 3, there is little interaction between the filaments. Very few cross-bridges can form. Less tension is produced. When the filaments are pulled too far from one another, as seen in 4, they no longer interact and cross-bridges fail to form.
This principle demonstrates the length-tension relationship. Maximal tension is readily produced in the body as the central nervous system maintains resting muscle length near the optimum. It does so by maintaining a muscle tone, i.
The myofilaments are also elastic. They maintain enough overlap for muscular contraction.
Length-Tension Relationship for Cardiac Muscle (Effects of Preload)
In cardiac muscles The length-tension relationship is also observed in cardiac muscles. However, what differs in cardiac muscles compared to skeletal muscles is that tension increases sharply with stretching the muscle at rest slightly. This contrasts with the gradual build up of tension by stretching the resting skeletal muscle see Graph 4. Length-tension relationship observed in cardiac muscles. The optimum length is denoted as Lmax which is about 2. Like skeletal muscles, the maximum number of cross-bridges form and tension is at its maximum here.
Beyond this, tension decreases sharply.
In normal physiology, Lmax is obtained as heart ventricles become filled up by blood, stretching the myocytes. The muscles then converts the isometric tension to isotonic contraction which enables the blood to be pumped out when they finally contract. The heart has an intrinsic control over the stroke volume of the heart and can alter the force of blood ejection.