Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 6673743
Biochimie 1983 Nov-Dec;65(11-12):637-42
We investigated the expression of myosin light chains and tropomyosin subunits during chick embryonic development of the anterior (ALD) and posterior (PLD) parts of the latissimus dorsi muscles. As early as day 8 in ovo, both muscles accumulate a common set of myosin light chains (LC) in similar ratios (LC1F: 55 per cent; LC2S: 25 per cent; LC2F: 12 per cent; LC1S: 8 per cent) and a common set of tropomyosin (TM) subunits (beta 2, beta 1, alpha 2F). Later during development, the slow components of the LC regularly disappear in the PLD and the fast components of the LC and the alpha 2FTM disappear in the ALD, so that the adult pattern is almost established at the time of hatching. Thus, early in development, the two muscles accumulate a common set of fast and slow myosin light chains and fast tropomyosin and some isoforms are repressed at a later stage during development. These data might suggest that during development, the regulatory mechanisms of muscle specific isoform expression differ from one contractile protein to another.