Postnatal Muscle Fiber Assembly: Localization of Newly Synthesized Myofibrillar Proteins

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Science  13 Mar 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3924, pp. 1499-1501
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3924.1499


Addition of newly synthesized contractile proteins to striated muscle during postnatal life was studied by labeling young rat diaphragms in vitro with 3H-leucine and extracting the soluble proteins in glycerol. The grain distribution over glycerinated fibers in electron microscopic autoradiographs indicates that new myofibrillar proteins are added about the periphery of existing fibrils.

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