Skeletal Muscle and Peripheral Nerves

  • J. Patrick Barbet


Skeletal muscle is a very specialized tissue made up of several different types of muscle fibres. These fibres differ both in their physical properties (speed of contraction, resistance to fatigue) and in the composition of their contractile proteins. Enzyme-histochemical studies of oxidative enzymes and of myofibrillar ATPase, immunocytochemical studies using antibodies specific for different myosin isoforms have made it possible to characterize at the light microscopic level the slow (type I) and fast (type II, with two sub groups -IIA and -IIB) contracting muscle fibres.


Muscular Dystrophy Myosin Heavy Chain Spinal Muscular Atrophy Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Myotonic Dystrophy 
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