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Disruption and Repair of the Intermediate Filament Lattice in Rat Skeletal Muscle After Damaging Lengthening Exercise

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

In the present paper the effect of repeated lengthening exercise on the expression of cytoskeletal proteins was studied in rat skeletal muscle. Tibialis anterior muscles were subjected to an exercise session consisting of 240 lengthening (L) or shortening (S) contractions. Muscles were excised 4 days post-exercise. Contralateral muscles served as controls (C). Western blotting was done with antibodies against desmin and vimentin. In C and S immunostaining yielded a regular cross-striated pattern, in L however, fibers can be detected without immunostaining. Western blots showed no major differences in the amount of desmin between C, S and L, although some proteolysis was present in L. Vimentin was absent in C and S, and prominently present in L. These data indicate that remodeling of the intermediate filament lattice after damage induced by lengthening exercise occurs in a differentiation like manner.

Affiliations: 1: Dept. of Movement Sciences, Maastricht University. P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands


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