Intrafusal fiber type composition of muscle spindles in the first human lumbrical muscle
2003 (English)In: Acta Neuropathologica, ISSN 0001-6322, E-ISSN 1432-0533, Vol. 105, no 1, 18-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We studied muscle spindles in the first lumbrical muscle of adult humans using myofibrillar ATPase (mATPase) activity. We found that muscle spindles exhibited a marked variability with respect to the number, position, length and detailed histochemical features of nuclear bag1, nuclear bag2 and nuclear chain fibers. Regarding mATPase activity, the nuclear bag2 fibers displayed lower alkali-stable mATPase activity along their length and many nuclear bag1 fibers tended to have lower acid-stable activity in the outer B region, whereas nuclear chain fibers exhibited medium acid-stable mATPase activity at pH 4.6. Almost 10% of spindle fibers displayed atypical features, as they were either located only at one spindle pole or exhibited mixed characteristics at either pole. The number of intrafusal fibers per spindle varied between 8 and 24. Strikingly, only 2 pairs from 22 muscle spindles had identical allotments of their intrafusal fibers. Muscle spindles in the first human lumbrical muscle contained more intrafusal fibers (12.3 +/- 4 per spindle on average) and especially relatively more nuclear bag fibers compared to other human skeletal muscles. Since each spindle apparently represents a unique morphological and physiological entity, the observed variability in the number and characteristics of intrafusal fibers in the first human lumbrical muscle likely reflects a wide range of finely tuned muscle spindle responses.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer-Verlag New York, 2003. Vol. 105, no 1, 18-24 p.
human lumbrical muscle, muscle spindle, myofibrillar ATPase activity, nuclear bag fiber, nuclear chain fiber
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82665DOI: 10.1007/s00401-002-0601-1ISI: 000179992500003PubMedID: 12471456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-82665DiVA: diva2:662109