Neural control of phenotypic expression in mammalian muscle fibers

Muscle Nerve. 1985 Oct;8(8):676-89. doi: 10.1002/mus.880080810.


In this review, the present knowledge about the mechanisms involved in the control of the phenotypic expression of mammalian muscle fibers is summarized. There is a discussion as to how the activity imposed on the muscle fibers by the motoneuron finally induces in the muscle cells the expression of those genes that define its particular phenotype. The functional and molecular heterogeneity of skeletal muscle is thus defined by the existence of motor units with varied function, while the homogeneity of muscle fibers belonging to the same motor unit is yet another indication of the importance of activity in the control of gene expression of the mammalian muscle fiber.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Genes*
  • Humans
  • Motor Neurons / physiology*
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Muscle Denervation
  • Muscles / enzymology
  • Muscles / innervation*
  • Muscles / physiology
  • Myosins / genetics
  • Organ Specificity
  • Phenotype
  • Physical Exertion
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics


  • RNA, Messenger
  • Myosins