, Volume 65, Issue 3, pp 193–205

The reliability of histochemical fibre typing of human necropsy muscles


  • Per-Olof Eriksson
    • Department of Stomatognathic PhysiologyUniversity of Umeå
  • Anders Eriksson
    • Institutes of Pathology and Forensic MedicineUniversity of Umeå
  • Margareta Ringqvist
    • Department of Stomatognathic PhysiologyUniversity of Umeå
  • Lars-Eric Thornell
    • Institute of AnatomyUniversity of Umeå

DOI: 10.1007/BF00493169

Cite this article as:
Eriksson, P., Eriksson, A., Ringqvist, M. et al. Histochemistry (1980) 65: 193. doi:10.1007/BF00493169


The reliability of muscle fibre typing of post mortem specimens was investigated with special reference to the influence of time and temperature. In specimens stored at +4° C, muscle fibre typing could be reliably performed up to at least ten and fifteen days post mortem for the masseter and biceps brachii muscles respectively. The corresponding figures for storage at room temperature were three and six days. The difference in the preservation of enzyme activity between masticatory and limb muscles might be related to the demonstrated difference in the fibre type composition and thus the enzyme content and energy sources.

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