Expression of the smooth-muscle proteins alpha-smooth-muscle actin and calponin, and of the intermediate filament protein desmin are parameters of cardiomyocyte maturation in the prenatal rat heart.

@article{Ya1997ExpressionOT,
  title={Expression of the smooth-muscle proteins alpha-smooth-muscle actin and calponin, and of the intermediate filament protein desmin are parameters of cardiomyocyte maturation in the prenatal rat heart.},
  author={Jing Ya and Marry W Markman and Gerry T. M. Wagenaar and Pietjan J E Blommaart and Antoon F. M. Moorman and Wout H. Lamers},
  journal={The Anatomical record},
  year={1997},
  volume={249 4},
  pages={495-505}
}
BACKGROUND Coexpression of alpha- and beta-myosin heavy chain (MHC) is a characteristic of the primary myocardial tube. To establish if the smooth-muscle proteins alpha-smooth-muscle actin (alpha-SMA) and calponin, and the intermediate filament protein, desmin, contribute to the specific functional properties of these early cardiomyocytes, we studied their spatiotemporal expression pattern. METHODS Sections of prenatal and neonatal Wistar rats were stained with antibodies against alpha- and… CONTINUE READING