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[The relationship between contractile characteristics and fiber type conversion in hind-limb unloading mice soleus].

[Article in Chinese]

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  • 1Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Beijing 100850, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the relationship between contractile characteristics and fiber type conversion in hind-limb unloading mice soleus.

METHODS:

After 28-day hind-limb unloading and muscle atrophy, we used the method of isolated muscle perfusion with different stimulated protocols to determine the changes in contractile characteristics including the isometric twitch force and tetanus force and fatigue index of slow twitch muscle in mice. The muscle myofibrillar composition and fiber type conversion were detected by immunofluorescence staining and real-time PCR.

RESULTS:

The isometric twitch force and the tetanus force and fatigue index were decreased progressively in 28-day unloaded mice soleus, with the increase in fast twitch fiber subtype and the decrease in slow twitch fiber subtype.

CONCLUSION:

The alteration of contractile characteristics is relevant to the slow-to-fast fiber conversion in mice soleus after 28-day hind-limb unloading.

PMID:
22737903
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