Title

The description and classification of Lymph Heart muscle tissue in the Xenopus laevis tadpoles

Date of Award

1998

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Gary Radice

Abstract

In general, this study has found that there are several similarities between skeletal and lymph heart muscle. They are composed of similarly sized myofibrils and similar myofibril orientation. The lack of obvious actin lymph heart filaments in Stage 46 is also an interesting discovery. However, there are so many similarities to both cardiac and skeletal muscle, and so many characteristics unique to lymph heart muscle, that it is difficult to classify this tissue as a modified form of skeletal or cardiac muscle. Without further experimentation, the lymph heart muscle of the Xenopus laevis frog cannot be fully described or classified.

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