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Abstract: Chemically skinned human skeletal muscle fibers were used to study the effects of uridine triphosphate (UTP) on the tension-pCa relationship and on Ca2+ uptake and release by the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). Total replacement (2.5 mM) of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) with UTP (i) displaced the tension-pCa relationship to the left along the abcissae and increased maximum Ca(2+)-activated tension, both effects being larger in slow- than in fast-type fibers; (ii) markedly reduced Ca2+ uptake by the SR (evaluated b… Show more

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