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Effects of Muscle Atrophy on Motor Control: Cage-size EffectsTwo populations of male Sprague-Dawley rats were raised either in conventional minimum-specification cages or in a larger cage. When the animals were mature (125 to 150 d), the physiological status of the soleus (SOL) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles of the small- and large-cage animals were compared. Analysis of whole-muscle properties including the performance of the test muscle during a standardized fatigue test in which the nerve to the test muscle was subjected to supramaximal intermittent stimulation shows: (1) the amplitude, area, mean amplitude, and peak-to-peak rate of the compound muscle action potential decreased per the course of the fatigue test; (2) cage size did not affect the profile of changes for any of the action-potential measurements; (3) changes exhibited in the compound muscle action potential by SOL and EDL were substantially different; and (4) except for SOL of the large-cage rats, there was a high correlation between all four measures of the compound muscle action potential and the peak tetanic force during the fatigue test; i.e., either the electrical activity largely etermines the force profile during the fatigue test or else contractile-related activity substantially affects the compound muscle action potential.
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Stuart, D. G. (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
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August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA. Washington NASA Space Biol. Program:
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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