Degenerating nerve fiber products do not alter physiological properties of adjacent innervated skeletal muscle fibers

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Science  25 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4319, pp. 839-841
DOI: 10.1126/science.918666


Partial denervation of rat extensor digitorum longus and soleus muscles resulted in the appearance of denervated and innervated surface muscle fibers lying adjacent to one another. The denervated muscle fibers showed the typical signs of denervation while the innervated muscle fibers were similar to those of control muscles. We conclude that denervated fibers do not induce substantial physiological changes in adjacent innervated muscle fibers.