Rolf Niedergerke (1921–2011): A life in muscle research

Miller, D. J. (2012) Rolf Niedergerke (1921–2011): A life in muscle research. Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility, 33(5), pp. 297-300. (doi: 10.1007/s10974-012-9326-5) (PMID:23054097)

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This obituary provides some detail and background to the life and work of a pioneer of muscle physiology, Rolf Niedergerke, who died in December 2011 aged 90. His name is perhaps most widely known for his role in the discovery of the sliding filament mechanism of muscle contraction in collaboration with Andrew Huxley (which complemented the independent studies of HE Huxley and Jean Hanson). His other major contributions were to the ‘calcium story’ of muscle activation, particularly for the heart. In a long career, his intellectual and experimental excellence contributed some keystones of our present understanding of the role of cellular Ca2+ in muscle contraction and cardiac excitation–contraction coupling and of the Ca–Na exchange process.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Dr David
Authors: Miller, D. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
ISSN (Online):1573-2657
Published Online:28 September 2012

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