Duty time of rabbit jaw muscles varies with the number of activity bursts

T. Grünheid, G. E.J. Langenbach, A. Zentner, T. M.G.J. Van Eijden

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The relative duration of muscle activity during a specified period (duty time) varies depending on activity level and time of the day. Since both the number and the length of activity bursts contribute to the duty time, it was hypothesized that these variables would show intra-day variations similar to those of the duty time. To test this, we determined duty times, burst numbers, and burst lengths per hour, in relation to multiple activity levels, in a 24-hour period of concurrent radio-telemetric long-term electromyograms of various rabbit jaw muscles. The marked intra-day variation of the burst number resembled that of the duty time in all muscles, and was in contrast to the relatively invariable mean burst length. Furthermore, the duty times were more highly correlated with the number than with the length of bursts at all activity levels. Thus, the variation of the duty time in rabbit jaw muscles is caused mainly by changes in burst numbers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1112-1117
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of dental research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Activity burst
  • Duty time
  • Electromyography
  • Jaw muscle
  • Rabbit


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