Organization of Skeletal Muscle in the Urodele Triturus cristatus: Muscle Fibre Types and Motor Units
Four muscle fibre types are described in the biceps and extensor digitorum communis muscles of the newt forelimb. The histological criteria forming the basis for the distinctions include differential staining with p-phenylenediamine and succinate dehydrogenase histochemistry and electron microscopy. In addition, three distinctive motor unit types are described for the biceps muscle. These are fast units, slow units and intermediate units. The structure of muscle fibre and the physiological characteristics of muscle fibres belonging to each motor unit, have been correlated by using iontophoretic passage of Lucifer yellow into muscle fibres belonging to physiologically characterized motor units and their subsequent histological identification by the succinate dehydrogenase reaction. The three motor unit types correspond to slow muscle fibres, intermediate muscle fibres and two classes of fast muscle fibres.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B
- Pub Date:
- February 1985