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This animation uses the grasshopper leg muscle as a model to illustrate the structure and contraction of striated muscles from the tissue to the molecular levels in invertebrate animals. It shows how the band pattern of sarcomeres reflects their actin-myosin arrangement, and how the biochemical interactions of actin and myosin result in sliding filaments for muscle contraction.
This animation was developed for educators interested in teaching this topic from an invertebrate perspective. Since the structures and contraction mechanisms for striated muscles are identical in both vertebrates and invertebrates, all scenes for this animation and for the human bicep muscle animation are identical, except for use of the grasshopper leg-muscle model in scene 2.
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