Phenotypic conversion of distinct muscle fiber populations to electrocytes in a weakly electric fish.

@article{Unguez1998PhenotypicCO,
  title={Phenotypic conversion of distinct muscle fiber populations to electrocytes in a weakly electric fish.},
  author={Graciela Unguez and Harold H Zakon},
  journal={The Journal of comparative neurology},
  year={1998},
  volume={399 1},
  pages={20-34}
}
In most groups of electric fish, the electric organ (EO) derives from striated muscle cells that suppress many muscle phenotypic properties. This phenotypic conversion is recapitulated during regeneration of the tail in the weakly electric fish Sternopygus macrurus. Mature electrocytes, the cells of the electric organ, are considerably larger than the muscle fibers from which they derive, and it is not known whether this is a result of muscle fiber hypertrophy and/or fiber fusion. In this study… CONTINUE READING

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