Nitric oxide synthase-dependent "on/off" switch and apoptosis in freshwater and aestivating lungfish, Protopterus annectens: skeletal muscle versus cardiac muscle.

@article{Amelio2013NitricOS,
  title={Nitric oxide synthase-dependent "on/off" switch and apoptosis in freshwater and aestivating lungfish, Protopterus annectens: skeletal muscle versus cardiac muscle.},
  author={Daniela Amelio and Filippo Garofalo and W. P. Wong and Shit Fun Chew and Yuen K Ip and Maria Carmela Cerra and Bruno Tota},
  journal={Nitric oxide : biology and chemistry},
  year={2013},
  volume={32},
  pages={1-12}
}
African lungfishes (Protopterus spp.) are obligate air breathers which enter in a prolonged torpor (aestivation) in association with metabolic depression, and biochemical and morpho-functional readjustments during the dry season. During aestivation, the lungfish heart continues to pump, while the skeletal muscle stops to function but can immediately contract during arousal. Currently, nothing is known regarding the orchestration of the multilevel rearrangements occurring in myotomal and… CONTINUE READING