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Changes in tropomyosin subunit pattern in chronic electrically stimulated rabbit fast muscles

Authors
Journal
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
0006-291X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
89
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0006-291x(79)90961-6
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Abstract

Abstract The tropomyosin subunit ratio of rabbit fast muscle (α:β = 80:20) changes to that characteristic of skeletal slow muscles (α:β = 55:45) on continuous (10 Hz) stimulation for 3 weeks. The altered myosin light chain pattern and histochemical ATPase stain also show clear changes of fast → slow transformation. However, the rate of changes in the light chain patterns of myosin are slower than those of tropomyosin subunits. These results do not support the previous finding (Amphlett et al., Nature 257 , 602, 1975) that the tropomyosin subunit pattern remains unaltered during transformation of skeletal muscles and the conclusion that the genetic expression of tropomyosin is regulated under separate control from other myofibrillar proteins. Rather, our results suggest that the polymorphic patterns of all myofibrillar proteins in skeletal muscles undergo changes in a temporal manner during skeletal muscle transformation.

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