Effects of artificial rearing on contractile properties of genioglossus muscle in Sprague-Dawley rat.


Mammals suckle from a nipple during the early neonatal period to obtain nourishment. The genioglossus muscle helps position and move the tongue for efficient suckling. The purpose of this study was to examine the contractile properties and myosin heavy chain (MHC) phenotype of the genioglossus following an early period of artificial rearing, which reduced… (More)