Regeneration of the rat gastrocnemius muscle from sibling and non-sibling muscle fragmentsSupported in part by grants from the Cancer Research Institute of the University of Michigan and from the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America.Reported earlier in abstract from (Carlson, '68a).
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Regeneration of the gastrocnemius muscle from minced transplanted muscle fragments was studied in 46 rats. The jumping complex of muscles (gastrocnemius, soleus and plantaris) was removed from the donor and minced into 1 mm3 fragments. In one experimental series minced muscle was orthotopically implanted into sibling animals, and in the other series minced muscle was implanted into non-sibling animals of the same strain. During the first week after implantation, regenerative activity in the homotransplanted muscle fragments was intense and did not differ histologically from that occurring in autotransplanted muscle. Staritng in the second week, areas of regenerating homotransplanted muscle fibers became infiltrated with small lymphocytes. Despite relatively massive cellular rejection in the regenerates, individual skeletal muscle fibers regenerated to maturity. Regenerates from homotransplanted muscles often attained the same gross from as regenerates from auto-transplanted material, but in no case was the amount of muscle fibers in homografted regenerates greater than 50% of that seen in regenerates arising from autografted muscle fragments. About half of the advanced regenerates were reduced to broad bands of connective tissue containing no muscle fibers.
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