Journal article

Developmental changes in hindlimb muscles and diaphragm of sheep.

DI Finkelstein, P Andrianakis, AR Luff, DW Walker

Am J Physiol | Published : 1992


In this study, plasma thyroxine, contractile and histochemical (adenosinetriphosphatase and NADH) characteristics of soleus (SOL), medial gastrocnemius (MG), and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) were examined in 140-day-gestation fetal sheep and in 2-, 5-, and 30-day-old lambs and adult ewes. Electrophoretic separation of myosin heavy chains was also done on all muscles and the diaphragm. There were no differences in the twitch contraction and relaxation times of MG and EDL at the different ages; in contrast SOL contraction times were significantly shorter in the fetus and newborn than in the adult. Fast glycolytic fibers first appeared in EDL, MG, and diaphragm at 5, 30, and 5 days after bir..

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