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Nonselective motor innervation of nuclear bag1 intrafusal muscle fibers in the cat.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Cell and tissue research
Publication Date
Volume
236
Issue
2
Pages
383–391
Identifiers
PMID: 6733765
Source
Medline

Abstract

The motor nerve supply to cat nuclear bag1 intrafusal muscle fibers was reconstructed from light and electron microscopy of serial transverse sections of spindles in the tenuissimus muscle. Twenty-six of thirty poles of bag1 fibers that were examined received motor innervation. Every innervated bag1 pole received at least one (range 1-3) selective motor axon that supplied this fiber type only. Four of the innervated bag1 poles (15%) received additional motor supply from a nonselective motor axon that also innervated one nuclear chain fiber in the same spindle pole. The chain fibers co-innervated with bag1 fibers were among the longest chain fibers although they were shorter than two long chain fibers also present in the spindle poles. In cross-sections stained with toluidine blue they displayed 1-3 equatorial nuclei side by side, and there were fewer intermyofibrillar granules in their polar regions than in most of the other chain fibers. The endings of nonselective motor axons on the bag1 and chain fibers were morphologically and ultrastructurally dissimilar. It is suggested that instances of common innervation of the (dynamic) bag1 fiber and a (static?) chain fiber represent an integral and, presumably, functionally meaningful part of the motor pattern in some cat spindles.

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