Response of the Neuromuscular Unit to Spaceflight: What Has Been Learned from the Rat Model

@article{Roy1996ResponseOT,
  title={Response of the Neuromuscular Unit to Spaceflight: What Has Been Learned from the Rat Model},
  author={Roland R. Roy and Kenneth M. Baldwin and V. Reggie Edgerton},
  journal={Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews},
  year={1996},
  volume={24},
  pages={399–426}
}
Despite the inherent limitations placed on spaceflight investigations, much has been learned about the adaptations of the neuromuscular system to weightlessness from studies of rats flown for relatively short periods (approximately 4-22 days). Below is a summary of the major effects of spaceflight observed in muscles of rats that are not in their rapid growth stage: 1. Skeletal muscles atrophy rapidly during spaceflight; significant atrophy is observed as early as after 4 days of flight. 2. The… Expand
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