Hyperinnervation of Skeletal Muscle Fibers: Dependence on Muscle Activity

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Science  10 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4099, pp. 559-561
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4099.559


After the motor nerve to the rat soleus muscle was blocked reversibly by local anesthesia, individual muscle fibers became innervated by a transplanted motor nerve without losing their original innervation. Such cross-innervation of the denervated soleus muscle by the same foreign nerve was largely reduced by direct electrical stimulation of the muscle. The results demonstrate the importance of muscle activity for synapse formation by a foreign motor nerve.