Electrically conditioned skeletal muscle can provide the continuous power source for cardiac assistance devices. Optimization of the available sustained power from in vivo skeletal muscle requires knowledge of its metabolic utilization and constraints. A thermistor-based technique has been developed to measure temperature changes and to provide a relative estimate for metabolic utilization of in situ rabbit soleus muscle. The relative thermistor response, active tension and muscle displacement were measured during cyclic isometric and isotonic contractions across a range of muscle tensions and contraction durations. The thermistor response demonstrated linear relationships versus both contraction duration at a fixed muscle length and active tension at a fixed contraction duration (r(2)=0.90+/−0.14 and 0.70+/−0.21, respectively; means +/− s.d.). A multiple linear regression model was developed to predict normalized thermistor response, DeltaT, across a range of conditions. Significant model variables were identified using a backward stepwise regression procedure. The relationships for the in situ muscles were qualitatively similar to those reported for mammalian in vitro muscle fiber preparations. The model had the form DeltaT=C+at(c)F+bW, where the constant C, and coefficients for the contraction duration t(c) (ms), normalized active tension F and normalized net work W were C=−1.00 (P<0.001), a=5.97 (P<0.001) and b=2.12 (P<0.001).
Relative metabolic utilization of in situ rabbit soleus muscle: thermistor-based measurements and model
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K.J. Gustafson, G.D. Egrie, S.H. Reichenbach; Relative metabolic utilization of in situ rabbit soleus muscle: thermistor-based measurements and model. J Exp Biol 1 December 2000; 203 (23): 3667–3674. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.203.23.3667
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