Author(s): Ben BachirLamrini L, Sempore B, Mayet MH, Favier RJ
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Abstract The histochemical, biochemical, and electrophysiological properties of selected muscles were evaluated in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and compared with their normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) counterparts. As early as 4 wk of age, slow muscles (soleus) of SHR displayed a significant alteration in fiber type distribution with a decrease of slow-twitch fibers (from 64 to 53\%) and a simultaneous increase of type IIA-fibers (from 19 to 39\%). In addition, soleus from young SHR had a significant enhancement of both oxidative (citrate synthase, 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase) and glycolytic [lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)] capacities, which could be partly related to a capillary rarefaction. During development (from the 4th to the 12-14th wk), in the soleus muscle the histochemical differences between SHR and WKY were amplified, whereas most of the enzymatic differences between strains were abolished, except for a significantly higher LDH activity. These histochemical changes had only marginal repercussions on soleus electrophysiological properties. SHR animals had a significantly higher basal metabolic rate, which could not be accounted for by elevation of thyroid hormones. The origin of the slow-to-fast fiber type transition in slow muscle remains unclear but could be related to the increased level of plasma catecholamines in SHR. Indeed, chronic treatment of rats with a beta 2-receptor agonist has been reported to cause slow-to-fast muscle fiber transition [R. J. Zeman, R. Ludemann, T. G. Easton, and J. D. Etlinger. Am. J. Physiol. 254 (Endocrinol. Metab. 17): E726-E732, 1988].
This article was published in Am J Physiol
and referenced in Journal of Bioanalysis & Biomedicine