Myosin isoform fiber type and fiber size in the tail of the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana).

@article{Hazimihalis2013MyosinIF,
  title={Myosin isoform fiber type and fiber size in the tail of the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana).},
  author={P J Hazimihalis and M A Gorvet and Michael T. Butcher},
  journal={Anatomical record},
  year={2013},
  volume={296 1},
  pages={96-107}
}
Muscle fiber type is a well studied property in limb muscles, however, much less is understood about myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform expression in caudal muscles of mammalian tails. Didelphid marsupials are an interesting lineage in this context as all species have prehensile tails, but show a range of tail-function depending on either their arboreal or terrestrial locomotor habits. Differences in prehensility suggest that MHC isoform fiber types may also be different, in that terrestrial… CONTINUE READING