Carter 2018 J Appl Physiol (1985)

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Carter HN, Pauly M, Tryon LD, Hood DA (2018) Effect of contractile activity on PGC-1α transcription in young and aged skeletal muscle. J Appl Physiol (1985) 124:1605-15.

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Carter HN, Pauly M, Tryon LD, Hood DA (2018) J Appl Physiol (1985)

Abstract: Mitochondrial impairments are often noted in aged skeletal muscle. The transcriptional coactivator peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α) is integral to maintaining mitochondria, and its expression declines in aged muscle. It remains unknown whether this is due to a transcriptional deficit during aging. Our study examined PGC-1α transcription in muscle from young and old F344BN rats. Using a rat PGC-1α promoter-reporter construct, we found that PGC-1α transcription was reduced by ∼65% in aged TA muscle, accompanied by decreases in PGC-1α mRNA and transcript stability. Altered expression patterns in PGC-1α transcription regulatory factors, including nuclear respiratory factor 2, upstream transcription factor 1, activating transcription factor 2, and yin yang 1, were noted in aged muscle. Acute contractile activity (CA) followed by recovery was employed to examine whether PGC-1α transcription could be activated in aged muscle similar to that observed in young muscle. AMPK and p38 signaling was attenuated in aged muscle. CA evoked an upregulation of PGC-1α transcription in both young and aged groups, whereas mRNAs encoding PGC-1α and cytochrome oxidase subunit IV were induced during the recovery period. Global DNA methylation, an inhibitory event for transcription, was enhanced in aged muscle, likely a result of elevated methyltransferase enzyme Dnmt3b in aged muscle. Successive bouts of CA for 7 days to evaluate longer-term consequences resulted in a rescue of PGC-1α and downstream mRNAs in aged muscle. Our data indicate that diminished mitochondria in aged muscle is due partly to a deficit in PGC-1α transcription, a result of attenuated upstream signaling. Contractile activity is an appropriate countermeasure to restore PGC-1α expression and mitochondrial content in aged muscle.

PGC-1α is a regulator of mitochondrial biogenesis in muscle. We demonstrate that PGC-1α expression is reduced in aging muscle due to decreases in transcriptional and posttranscriptional mechanisms. The transcriptional deficit is due to alterations in transcription factor expression, reduced signaling, and DNA methylation. Acute exercise can initiate signaling to reverse the transcriptional defect, restoring PGC-1α expression toward young values, suggesting a mechanism whereby aged muscle can respond to exercise for the promotion of mitochondrial biogenesis.

Keywords: Acute exercise, Mitochondria, Mitochondrial biogenesis, Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2, Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α, Signaling Bioblast editor: Plangger M


Labels: MiParea: Respiration, Exercise physiology;nutrition;life style  Pathology: Aging;senescence 

Organism: Rat  Tissue;cell: Skeletal muscle  Preparation: Intact cells 


Coupling state: OXPHOS  Pathway:HRR: Oxygraph-2k 

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