Insulin-like growth factor-II expression in developing skeletal muscle of double muscled and normal cattle.

Double muscled (DM) cattle possess nearly 40% more muscle fibers than normal muscled (NM) beef or dairy cattle. Previous work showed that serum from DM fetuses stimulated proliferation of L6 myoblasts to a greater extent than serum from NM fetuses. Although the exact role of insulin-like growth factor-II (IGF-II) in the regulation of fetal myogenesis is… CONTINUE READING