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BACKGROUND Rat intrafusal fibers consist of multiple isoforms of myosin heavy chains (MHCs) whose expression involves complex interactions among motor neurons, sensory neurons, and muscle cells during spindle development. Little is known about the roles of sensory and motor innervation in regulating and maintaining expression of MHC isoforms in adult rat(More)
Whether afferents exert their morphogenetic influence on spindles through release of trophic factors at intrafusal fiber junctions or via participation in proprioceptive pathways which modulate the motor activity to muscles was investigated by comparing myosin heavy chain (MHC) expression in intrafusal fibers after ablation of afferents (deafferentation, or(More)
Whether any fibers in rat hindlimb muscles express alpha-cardiac myosin heavy chain (MHC) is uncertain. Expression of alpha-cardiac MHC mRNA and the polypeptide for which it codes were examined in control and denervated rat muscle spindles using in situ hybridization (ISH) and immunocytochemistry (ICC). Both nuclear bag2 and bag1 intrafusal fibers in the(More)
Autophagy is a process of cellular self-cannibalization, and provides an adaptive mechanism to protect cells against diverse pathological settings. Following peripheral nerve injury, autophagic process was changed in Schwann cells and spinal neurons and glial cells, implicating a vital role of autophagy in chronic pain. However, little is known about the(More)
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