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Muscle wasting

Matthias Jacob, Daniel Chappell, Bernhard F Becker
Oxygen delivery to cells is the basic prerequisite of life. Within the human body, an ingenious oxygen delivery system, comprising steps of convection and diffusion from the upper airways via the lungs and the cardiovascular system to the microvascular area, bridges the gap between oxygen in the outside airspace and the interstitial space around the cells. However, the complexity of this evolutionary development makes us prone to pathophysiological problems. While those problems related to respiration and macrohemodynamics have already been successfully addressed by modern medicine, the pathophysiology of the microcirculation is still often a closed book in daily practice...
October 21, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Rajeev B Tajhya, Xueyou Hu, Mark R Tanner, Redwan Huq, Natee Kongchan, Joel R Neilson, George G Rodney, Frank T Horrigan, Lubov T Timchenko, Christine Beeton
Myoblasts are mononucleated precursors of myofibers; they persist in mature skeletal muscles for growth and regeneration post injury. During myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), a complex autosomal-dominant neuromuscular disease, the differentiation of skeletal myoblasts into functional myotubes is impaired, resulting in muscle wasting and weakness. The mechanisms leading to this altered differentiation are not fully understood. Here, we demonstrate that the calcium- and voltage-dependent potassium channel, KCa1...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Masakazu Saitoh, Marcelo Rodrigues Dos Santos, Stephan von Haehling
Muscle wasting and malnutrition are common complications in patients with advanced heart failure (HF); however, both remain underdiagnosed and undertreated although they both play relevant roles in the progression of HF. The risk of muscle wasting in patients with HF increases in those patients with malnutrition or at risk of malnutrition. Muscle wasting and malnutrition are thought to be positively influenced by adequate therapeutic interventions such as physical activity and nutritional support. Consequently, early detection of malnutrition in patients with HF is recommended...
October 19, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Kenton M Sanders, Sean M Ward, Grant W Hennig
Motility patterns of the gastrointestinal tract are important for efficient processing of nutrients and waste. Peristalsis and segmentation are based on rhythmic electrical slow waves that generate the phasic contractions fundamental to gastrointestinal motility. Slow waves are generated and propagated actively by interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), and these events conduct to smooth muscle cells to elicit excitation-contraction coupling. Extracellular electrical recording has been utilized to characterize slow-wave generation and propagation and abnormalities that might be responsible for gastrointestinal motility disorders...
October 19, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Stefano Schiaffino, Bert Blaauw, Kenneth A Dyar
The circadian oscillations of muscle genes are controlled either directly by the intrinsic muscle clock or by extrinsic factors, such as feeding, hormonal signals, or neural influences, which are in turn regulated by the central pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus. A unique feature of circadian rhythms in skeletal muscle is motor neuron-dependent contractile activity, which can affect the oscillation of a number of muscle genes independently of the muscle clock. The role of the intrinsic muscle clock has been investigated using different Bmal1 knockout (KO) models...
2016: Skeletal Muscle
Tahnee L Kennedy, Kristy Swiderski, Kate T Murphy, Stefan M Gehrig, Claire L Curl, Chanchal Chandramouli, Mark A Febbraio, Lea M D Delbridge, René Koopman, Gordon S Lynch
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a severe and progressive striated muscle wasting disorder that leads to premature death from respiratory and/or cardiac failure. We have previously shown that treatment of young dystrophic mdx and dystrophin/utrophin null (dko) mice with BGP-15, a coinducer of heat shock protein 72, ameliorated the dystrophic pathology. We therefore tested the hypothesis that later-stage BGP-15 treatment would similarly benefit older mdx and dko mice when the dystrophic pathology was already well established...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Rulin Sun, Santao Zhang, Xing Lu, Wenjun Hu, Ning Lou, Yan Zhao, Jia Zhou, Xiaoping Zhang, Hongmei Yang
Cancer-induced muscle wasting, which commonly occurs in cancer cachexia, is characterized by impaired quality of life and poor patient survival. To identify an appropriate treatment, research on the mechanism underlying muscle wasting is essential. Thus far, studies on muscle wasting using cancer cachectic models have generally focused on early cancer cachexia (ECC), before severe body weight loss occurs. In the present study, we established models of ECC and late cancer cachexia (LCC) and compared different stages of cancer cachexia using two cancer cachectic mouse models induced by colon-26 (C26) adenocarcinoma or Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC)...
October 12, 2016: Oncology Reports
Harish Petnikota, Vrisha Madhuri, Sangeet Gangadharan, Indira Agarwal, Belavendra Antonisamy
BACKGROUND: Muscular dystrophies are inherited myogenic disorders characterized by progressive muscle wasting and weakness of variable distribution and severity. They are a heterogeneous group characterized by variable degree of skeletal and cardiac muscle involvement. The most common and the most severe form of muscular dystrophy is DMD. Currently, there is no curative treatment for muscular dystrophies. Several drugs have been studied to retard the progression of the muscle weakness...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Paul Knopp, Yvonne D Krom, Christopher R S Banerji, Maryna Panamarova, Louise A Moyle, Bianca den Hamer, Silvère M van der Maarel, Peter S Zammit
Skeletal muscle wasting in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) results in substantial morbidity. On a disease-permissive chromosome 4qA haplotype, genomic and/or epigenetic changes at the D4Z4 macrosatellite repeat allows transcription of the DUX4 retrogene. Analysing transgenic mice carrying a human D4Z4 genomic locus from an FSHD-affected individual showed that DUX4 was transiently induced in myoblasts during skeletal muscle regeneration. Centromeric to the D4Z4 repeats is an inverted D4Z4 unit encoding DUX4c...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Gommaar D'Hulst, Louise Deldicque
Skeletal muscle wasting has been shown to be a mechanism by which humans are able to adapt to extreme altitude. Nonetheless, the literature is conflicting regarding the altitude or time point at which this phenomenon starts to occur. Using the metric recently suggested by Garvivan-Lewis et al. (8), we propose an hypoxic dose of 5000 km·h as the cut-off point above which hypoxia-induced muscle atrophy starts to develop. As such, we suggest that both elevation and hours of altitude exposure should be incorporated in future studies unraveling hypoxic regulation of muscle mass...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Jessica Mani Penny Tevaraj, Evelyn Tai Li Min, Raja Azmi Mohd Noor, Azhany Yaakub, Wan Hazabbah Wan Hitam
Neurofibromatosis type 2 usually presents with bilateral acoustic schwannomas. We highlight the rare presentation of neurofibromatosis initially involving third nerve. A 23-year-old Malay female presented with left eye drooping of the upper lid and limitation of upward movement for 8 years. It was associated with right-sided body weakness, change in voice, and hearing disturbance in the right ear for the past 2 years. On examination, there was mild ptosis and limitation of movement superiorly in the left eye...
2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Svitlana Pasteuning-Vuhman, Johanna Boertje-van der Meulen, Maaike van Putten, Maurice Overzier, Peter Ten Dijke, Szymon M Kiełbasa, Wibowo Arindrarto, Ron Wolterbeek, Ksenia V Lezhnina, Ivan V Ozerov, Aleksandr M Aliper, Willem M Hoogaars, Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, Cindy J M Loomans
Skeletal muscle fibrosis and impaired muscle regeneration are major contributors to muscle wasting in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Muscle growth is negatively regulated by myostatin (MSTN) and activins. Blockage of these pathways may improve muscle quality and function in DMD. Antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) were designed specifically to block the function of ALK4, a key receptor for the MSTN/activin pathway in skeletal muscle. AON-induced exon skipping resulted in specific Alk4 down-regulation, inhibition of MSTN activity, and increased myoblast differentiation in vitro Unexpectedly, a marked decrease in muscle mass (10%) was found after Alk4 AON treatment in mdx mice...
October 12, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Masakazu Saitoh, Marcelo Rodrigues Dos Santos, Markus Anker, Stefan D Anker, Stephan von Haehling, Jochen Springer
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) seems to be safe and beneficial in improvement in functional capacity, muscle strength, and quality of life when compared with conventional aerobic exercise, while the change in muscle fiber composition and muscle size was conflicting in patients with heart failure (HF). Moreover, NMES studies seem to have beneficial effects on pro-inflammatory cytokine, oxidative enzyme activity, and protein anabolic and catabolic metabolism that are the key molecular mechanism of muscle wasting in patients with HF...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Ruyi Zou, Da Li, Gang Wang, Mo Zhang, Yili Zhao, Zeyu Yang
The transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) functions as a downstream regulatory target in the Hippo signaling pathway that plays various roles. We previously developed a cell-based assay and identified the TAZ activator IBS008738 as a potential therapeutic target for glucocorticoid-induced atrophy. To further explore the application of IBS008738 in various muscle-related diseases, we examined the function of IBS008738 in inflammatory cytokine-mediated mouse muscle responses after traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
October 7, 2016: Inflammation
Alba Chacon-Cabrera, Joaquim Gea, Esther Barreiro
Skeletal muscle dysfunction and atrophy are characteristic features accompanying chronic conditions. Epigenetic events regulate muscle mass and function maintenance. We hypothesized that the pattern of epigenetic events (muscle-enriched microRNAs and histone acetylation) and acetylation of transcription factors known to signal muscle wasting may differ between early- and late-time points in skeletal muscles of mice exposed to hindlimb immobilization (I) and recovery following I. Body and muscle weights, grip strength, muscle-enriched microRNAs, histone deacetylases (HDACs), acetylation of proteins, histones, and transcription factors (TF), myogenic TF factors, and muscle phenotype were assessed in gastrocnemius of mice exposed to periods (1, 2, 3, 7, 15 and 30 days, I groups) of hindlimb immobilization, and in those exposed to reloading for different periods of time (1, 3, 7, 15, and 30 days, R groups) following 7-day immobilization...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Mathilde M Bruins Slot-Steenks, Neveen A T Hamdy, Michiel A J van de Sande, Dennis Vriens, Arjen H G Cleven, Natasha M Appelman-Dijkstra
Tumor-induced osteomalacia is a rare acquired metabolic bone disorder characterized by isolated renal phosphate wasting due to abnormal tumor production of fibroblast growth factor 23. We report the case of a 59 year old woman referred to our department with a long history of progressive diffuse muscle weakness and pain, generalized bone pains and multiple insufficiency fractures of heels, ankles and hips due to a hypophosphatemic osteomalacia. A fibroblast growth factor 23-producing phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor localized in the left quadriceps femoris muscle was identified 7 years after onset of symptoms...
October 5, 2016: Endocrine
Valerio Vitale, Ferdinando Caranci, Chiara Pisciotta, Fiore Manganelli, Francesco Briganti, Lucio Santoro, Arturo Brunetti
BACKGROUND: Hirayama's disease (HD), is a benign, self-limited, motor neuron disease, characterized by asymmetric weakness and atrophy of one or both distal upper extremities. In the present study we report the clinical, electrophysiological and MRI features of a group of Italian patients, with review of the literature. Moreover we propose an optimized MRI protocol for patients with suspected or diagnosed HD in order to make an early diagnosis and a standardized follow up. METHODS: Eight patients with clinical suspicion of Hirayama disease underwent evaluation between January 2007 and November 2013...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Craig Porter, Ronald G Tompkins, Celeste C Finnerty, Labros S Sidossis, Oscar E Suman, David N Herndon
Major burns provoke a profound stress response, which is unrivalled in terms of its magnitude and duration. Evidence suggests that the pathophysiological stress response to severe burn trauma persists for several years after injury. Thus, there is a pressing need for novel strategies that mitigate this response and restore normal metabolic function in patients with burns. This is the first in a Series of three papers about the care of people with burns. In this paper, we review the current knowledge of the stress response to burn trauma, with a focus on hypermetabolism, muscle wasting, and stress-induced diabetes...
October 1, 2016: Lancet
P Singh, H Rong, T Gordi, J Bosley, I Bhattacharya
Suppression of the myostatin (GDF-8) pathway has emerged as an important therapeutic paradigm for muscle-wasting disorders. In this study, we conducted a translational pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) analysis of MYO-029, an anti-myostatin monoclonal antibody, using PK data in mice, rats, monkeys, humans, mouse tissue distribution data with (125) I-labeled MYO-029, muscle weight increase in SCID mice, and muscle circumference changes in monkeys. This analysis revealed significant in vivo potency shift between mice and monkeys (72 nM vs...
October 4, 2016: Clinical and Translational Science
P R Chen, K Lee
With the increasing demand for affordable, high-quality meat, livestock and poultry producers must continually find ways to maximize muscle growth in their animals without compromising palatability of the meat products. Muscle mass relies on myoblast proliferation during prenatal or prehatch stages and fiber hypertrophy through protein synthesis and nuclei donation by satellite cells after birth or hatch. Therefore, understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of myogenesis and muscle development is of great interest...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
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