Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 162)


Skeletal muscle tissue is an extremely heterogeneous tissue consisting of a variety of fibre types. A prominent characteristic of skeletal muscles is the ability to adapt to changed functional conditions by varying their fibre properties. The investigation of these fibre properties has been at the centre of interest for about 125 years. According to the techniques available at the relevant time, the differentiation of muscle fibres has been developed from differences in their colour, red and white (Ranvier 1873) up to differences in their gene expression (Pette 1990a). Our own studies deal with the metabolic characteristic of fibre types as reported in Chaps. 4 and 5.


Motor Unit Satellite Cell Muscle Spindle Thin Filament Skeletal Muscle Fibre 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine Institute of AnatomyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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