The Thoracic Alary-Related Muscles; A novel type of deformable muscles.
In addition to body wall muscles, one Alary Muscle (AM) connects the exoskeleton to the heart in every abdominal segment. We recently discovered the existence of Thoracic Alary-Related Muscles (TARMS). TARMs appose to the respiratory system and connect visceral organs to the skeleton. We thus propose that TARMs are a novel type of muscles playing an architectural role in sensing organ position.
A novel project of our lab is studying the development, function and innervation of TARMs, including live imaging and locomotion behavior tests, within and Evo/Devo framework.
Recent review : Bataille, L. et al., (2015) Mechanisms of Development, 138, 170-176.