The longitudinal impedance of single skeletal muscle fibers has been measured from1 to 10,000 Hz in an oil gap apparatus which forces current to flow longitudinally down the fiber. The impedance observed is purely resistive in some fibers from the semitendinosus muscle and in two fibers from the sartorius muscle. In other fibers from the semitendinosus muscle a small phase shift is observed. The mean value of the maximum phase shift observed from all fibers is 1.07 degrees. The artifacts associated with the apparatus and method are examined theoretically and it is shown that one of the likely artifacts could account for the small phase observed. It is concluded that the longitudinal impedance of skeletal muscle fibers is essentially resistive and that little, if any, longitudinal current crosses the membranes of the sarcoplasmic reticulum.

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