Comparison of the validity of Hill and Huxley muscle tendon complex models using experimental data obtained from rat m. Soleus in situ

K.K. Lemaire, G.C. Baan, R.T. Jaspers, A.J. van Soest

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Abstract

The relationship between mechanical and metabolic behaviour in the widely used Hill muscle-tendon complex (MTC) model is not straightforward, whereas this is an integral part of the Huxley model. In this study, we assessed to what extent Huxley- and Hill-type MTC models yield adequate predictions of mechanical muscle behaviour during stretch-shortening cycles (SSCs). In fully anaesthetized male Wistar rats (N=3), m. soleus was dissected completely free, except for the insertion. Cuff electrodes were placed over the n. ischiadicus. The distal end of the tendon was connected to a servo motor, via a force transducer. The setup allowed for full control over muscle stimulation and length, while forcewas measured. Quickrelease and isovelocity contractions (part 1), and SSCs (part 2) were imposed. Simulations of part 2 were made with both a Hill and a Huxley MTC model, using parameter values determined from part 1. Modifications to the classic two-state Huxley model were made to incorporate series elasticity, activation dynamics, and active and passive force-length relationships. Results were similar for all rats. Fitting of the free parameters to the data of part 1 was near perfect (R
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-987
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Volume219
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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