Fish Growth Physiology Workgroup

Skeletal Muscle Development in Fish

During myogenesis of skeletal muscle in vertebrates, stem cells develop into mesodermal progenitor cells, then to myoblasts and finally to myocytes and muscle fibres. In fish, myogenesis is mainly studied in the zebrafish model as well as a few economically important fish like salmon or carp. However, the key processes that generally underlie muscle growth in fish are still not completely understood. Therefore, one aim of our group is to identify and characterize myogenic stem cell populations and to discover their role in myogenic processes.
The product of myogenesis is the fish filet, which is of major importance for consumers. Filet quality is species-specific and for our local, economically important aquaculture, it has not been studied so far. Our aim is to establish methods for a defined analysis of fish flesh quality to ensure a high product quality in the aquaculture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Our working group focuses on several topics which will be examined using cell biological, histological, molecular and physico-chemical methods.

  • Myogenesis in evolution: We will analyse possible similarities and differences of myogenesis in evolutionary diverse fish lineages.

  • Fish flesh quality: Establishment of sensory, physico-chemical and chemical measurement techniques for the supervision and the comparison of fish fillet in local fish species. (–institut–fuer–nutztierbiologie/Fleischqualität-bei-Fischen/)

  • Establishment of cell cultures from fish tissue e.g. for the investigation of the effects of climate change on cell physiology

Such knowledge serves as basis for fish culture and could be used as a prognosis for analyzing the effects on fish growth caused by stress e.g. non optimal aquaculture conditions.


Dr. rer. med. Philipp Lutze
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
+49 3834 86-8131 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 3834 86-8131
Dr. agr. Katrin Tönißen
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
+49 38208 68-886 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 38208 68-886

Supervised Doctoral Candidates

George Philipp Franz, M.Sc.
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
+49 38208 68-888 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 38208 68-888