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Spontaneous muscle contractions Single plane spinning disc confocal movies of myotubes labelled with Mef2-Gal4, UAS-Lifeact-Ruby and UAS-GCaMP6 at 46 h (upper movie), 50 h (middle) and 52 h APF (lower movie). Spontaneous Ca2+ influx is found at all stages, and induces a small contraction at 46 h APF and strong contractions at 50 h and 52 h APF. Time is indicated in seconds. Movies plays with 5 frames per second.

Mechanical tension and spontaneous muscle twitching precede the formation of cross-striated muscle in vivo

Manuela Weitkunat, Martina Brasse, Andreas R. Bausch, and Frank Schnorrer

Development 2017. 144:1261-1272; doi: 10.1242/dev.140723