Skeletal muscle, light micrograph

Skeletal muscle, light micrograph

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Caption: Light microscopy of skeletal muscle fibres seen in longitudinal section. The alternating banding pattern represents a highly ordered assembly of contractile filaments called A bands (dark) and I bands (light). Z lines are in the middle of each I band and the interval between successive Z lines is the smallest unit of muscle contraction and is called a sarcomere. Each skeletal muscle fibre consists of hundreds or thousands of individual cells that have fused together. Hence a fibre has multiple nuclei; these are positioned at the periphery of the cell. Magnification x600 when printed at 10 cm.

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Keywords: a band, biological, biology, haematoxylin and eosin stain, healthy, histological, histology, i band, light micrograph, light microscopy, muscle, muscle fiber, myofilament, no-one, nobody, normal, sarcomere, section, skeletal muscle, striated muscle, voluntary muscle, z line

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