Diazepam inhibits myoblast fusion and expression of muscle specific protein synthesis

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Science  05 May 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4341, pp. 559-561
DOI: 10.1126/science.565534


The presence of diazepam in culutres of chicken embryo myoblasts arrests normal muscle cell differentiation. High concentrations of the drug reversibly prevent myoblasts from fusing to form multinucleated myotubes. Lower concentrations of diazepam allow cell fusion to occur, but inhibit the synthesis and accumulation of myosin heavy chain, implying that cell fusion does not obligate myoblasts to synthesize and accumulate large quantities of muscle specific protein. The effect of diazepam on muscle cells in culture is direct and specific.

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