The Histochemical Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 916–928 | Cite as

The expression of vimentin in satellite cells of regenerating skeletal musclein vivo

  • Ruth Vater
  • Michael J. Cullen
  • John B. Harris


The expression of the intermediate filament protein, vimentin, was studied in skeletal muscle during a cycle of degeneration and regeneration. Venom from the Australian tiger snake,Notechis scutatus scutatus, was used to initiate the breakdown of the soleus muscle of young, mature ratsin vivo. Cryosections and Western blots of muscle samples were labelled using antibodies to vimentin, and examined at fixed time points after venom injection. Vimentin was absent in control adult muscle fibres, but was identified in activated satellite cells 12 h after venom assault. The amount of this protein rose during the early stages of regeneration, reaching its peak at 2–3 days. At this time, the expression of muscle-specific intermediate filament protein, desmin, began. As the abundance of desmin increased with the maturation of the regenerating myofibres, the abundance of vimentin declined until it was no longer detectable in mature regenerated fibres. It is suggested that vimentin plays an important role during satellite cell activation in the early stages of regeneration, and that the expression of vimentin may act as a stimulus for the expression of desmin at later stages of regeneration.


Western Blot Skeletal Muscle Muscle Fibre Cell Activation Fixed Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Vater
    • 1
  • Michael J. Cullen
    • 1
  • John B. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Muscular Dystrophy Group Research Laboratories, Regional Neurosciences Centre, Newcastle General HospitalNewcastle upon TyneUK

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