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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Acetylcholine receptors and nerve terminal distribution at the neuromuscular junction of long-term regenerated muscle fibers
Author: Marques, MJ
Mendes, ZTT
Minatel, E
Neto, HS
Abstract: Mdx mice are deficient in dystrophin and show muscle fiber regeneration. Changes in the distribution of acetylcholine receptors have been reported at the neuromuscular junction of mdx mice and may be a consequence of muscle fiber regeneration. In this study, we examined whether the distribution of receptors was still altered in long-term, regenerated muscle fibers from C57B1/10 mice. The left sternomastoid muscle of adult mice was injected with 60 mu l of lidocaine hydrochloride to induce muscle degeneration-regeneration. In some mice, the sternomastoid muscle was denervated at the time of lidocaine injection. After 90 and 150 days, the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors were labeled with rhodamine-alpha-bungarotoxin for confocal microscopy. At both intervals studied, the receptors were distributed in spots. In denervated-regenerated fibers, the receptors were distributed as regular branches similar to denervated muscles without lidocaine treatment. These findings suggested that nerve-dependent mechanisms were involved in the changes in receptor distribution seen in regenerated muscle fibers after lidocaine treatment, and that a similar phenomenon could explain the changes in receptor distribution seen in dystrophic muscle fibers.
Country: Holanda
Editor: Springer
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1007/s11068-006-8725-1
Date Issue: 2005
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