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    ISSN: 1432-2307
    Keywords: Muscle spindle ; Elastic fibres ; Elaunin fibres ; Oxytalan fibres ; Denervation ; Reinnervation
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Muscle spindles in the lower lumbrical muscles of rats were studied by transmission electron microscopy following denervation with or without reinnervation. The number and total area of elastic fibres per muscle spindle increased at 3–12 months following various experimental procedures: (1) denervation and reinnervation after a single crush lesion to the sciatic nerve; (2) reinnervation after four-fold repeated crush injuries; and (3) transection and suture of the nerve. The increased number of oxytalan and elaunin fibres, the precursors of mature elastic fibres, within these muscle spindles provided further evidence for their numerical and dimensional increase. An attachment site of elastic fibres at the spindle pole was identified at the inner cells of the outer spindle capsule. The processes of these cells embraced terminating elastic fibres tightly. Attachment of elastic fibres to intrafusal muscle fibres was less conspicuous since they were not similarly embraced but were rather indistinctly, though closely, associated with the basal lamina along longitudinal surface indentations of intrafusal muscle fibres. It is concluded from this series of experiments that muscle spindles, as dynamic mechanoreceptors, maintain their elastic properties even under pathological conditions. The increase of elastic fibres following denervation and reinnervation represents an obviously meaningful reaction that may compensate for loss of tonic properties of muscle spindles without causing stiffness.
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    Acta neuropathologica 80 (1990), S. 163-171 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Neuromuscular spindle ; Reinnervation ; Nerve endings ; Autonomic innervation ; Scanning electron microscopy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Muscle spindles from the lower lumbrical muscles of rats were studied by transmission and scanning electron microscopy following reinnervation (i) after a single sciatic nerve crush lesion and (ii) after transection and immediate epineurial suture of the sciatic nerve. In all muscle spindles, regenerated sensory or motor nerve endings were encountered 3 months after making the lesions although in the nerve-transection group, regenerated nerve endings were seen less frequently before 6 months of recovery. Abnormalities in reinnervated spindles following neurotomy comprised: (1) multiplicity of axonal sprouts (hyperinnervation), sometimes irregularly related to, although never in direct contact with, regenerated sensory nerve endings; (2) altered contact relationships between sensory nerve endings and intrafusal muscle fibers; (3) abnormal structure of nerve endings; and (4) irregular association of Schwann cell processes to regenerated sensory nerve endings. These findings indicate that reinnervation of muscle spindles following transection and suture of a peripheral nerve, i.e., after complete interruption of its continuity, in fact, occurs although the fine structural abnormalities observed are supposed to interfere with adequate functional restoration.
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