Electrical coupling in the circular muscles of dog jejunum
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Two distinct layers of circular muscle have previously been demonstrated in dog jejunum, the main circular layer containing many gap junction contacts, and an inner dense muscle layer where no gap junctions have been found. Length constants were determined for these muscle layers and no significant difference was found between these values. The main circular muscle cells had lower membrane potentials and may have had abnormally low space constants owing to injury. It was concluded that the absence of gap junctions in the inner dense layer does not reduce the spread of passive current as might be expected of electrically isolated cells, and it is suggested that an alternate pathway for passive current exists in this layer.
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