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The thin connective tissue sheath enveloping a muscle fiber.



the delicate membrane that invests smooth-muscle cells and striated and myocardial fibers. The term “sar-colemma” was introduced by the British physician W. Bowman in 1840. A sarcolemma consists of a three-layer cell membrane, which is approximately 75 angstroms thick and similar to the cell membrane in other animal cells, and a basilar membrane, which is a layer of amorphous matter containing polysaccharides. In vertebrates the basilar membrane of muscle cells and muscle fibers usually contains collagen fibrils.


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Elektronno-mikroskopicheskaia anatomiia. Moscow, 1967. (Translated from English.)
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Types of muscle fiber composing the foot muscle of mollusc are categorized based on the arrangement of dense body, distribution of thick filament, ratio of thick microfilament and thin microfilament, invagination of sarcolemma, composition of sarcoplasmic reticula, and mitochondrial arrangement (Nicaise & Amsellem 1983).
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Direct effect of adriamycin on the rat heart sarcolemma.
In the absence of contraction band necrosis, it is conceivable that small, nonsustained increases in cTnI may result from reversible injury to the sarcolemma, from diffuse irreversible damage leading to multiple foci of micronecrosis, or less probably, from apoptosis that may have been missed by the light microscopic observations in the nonsurvivors (40,41).
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