Stretching a muscle results in a rapid addition of sarcomeres at the ends of the muscle fibers. The effect of a pattern of electrical stimulation resembling that of a slow motoneuron on the newly formed muscle tissue in a stretched, fast-contracting muscle was investigated. We found that after a period as short as 4 days, the type of sarcomeres which were added on to the ends of the existing myofibrils differed from those in the middle regions of the experimental muscles: there was a much higher proportion of type I and type IIA sarcomeres in the stretch-stimulated ends. This study showed that reprogramming of the synthesis of fiber type-specific contractile proteins can be achieved and detected within a very short time by using electrical stimulation combined with stretch.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1986|