Natural occurrence of myofiber cytoplasmic enlargement accompanied by decrease in myonuclear number

K. I. Wada, S. Katsuta, Hideaki Soya

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Abstract

It has been shown that changes in the nuclear number in myofibers are synchronized with myofiber size. Therefore, under some conditions, the myonuclear number is thought to be a determinant factor of myofiber size. However, we have clearly shown that denervation-induced fiber atrophy occurs without any decrease in myonuclear number, indicating that the myonuclear number is not always an important determinant factor of myofiber size. However, this was an event found under experimental conditions. In the present study, we examined the morphological features of single myofibers under normal conditions throughout the lifespan of normal mice. We discovered that the C/N ratio (cell volume/nucleus) greatly increases during the growth period and clearly decreases during the aging period. From 5 weeks to 6 months old, the myofibers undergo fiber hypertrophy accompanied by a decrease in myonuclear number. In muscle at 18 months, we found no correlation between myonuclear number and fiber cross-sectional area. These results suggest that, even under normal physiological conditions, the myonuclear number is not always a determinant factor of the myofiber size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Physiology
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology

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