During the early development of skeletal muscle, cardiac isotypes of several contractile proteins are known to be transiently expressed. We report here that skeletal muscle developing in vivo, as well as primary cultures derived from skeletal muscle, express mRNA encoding the cardiac dihydropyridine-sensitive calcium channel. The mRNA is detectable at high concentration at the earliest stage tested in vivo and diminishes rapidly in concentration as myofibers mature. The concentration of the cardiac calcium channel mRNA also diminishes during the in vivo development of skeletal muscle in a genetically paralyzed mouse (mdg), indicating that muscle contractile activity is not necessary for the down-regulation. In contrast, mRNA for the skeletal muscle-specific calcium channel accumulates gradually in developing skeletal muscle. A similar temporal pattern of expression is also seen in primary cultures of skeletal myotubes. These results raise the question of whether the cardiac calcium channel may be functionally important during the early development of skeletal myofibers.
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental Biology