Adaptations in Capillarization and Citrate Synthase Activity in Response to Endurance Training in Older and Young Men

School of Kinesiology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
The Journals of Gerontology Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Impact Factor: 4.98). 06/2011; 66(9):957-64. DOI: 10.1093/gerona/glr096
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ABSTRACT The time-course of adaptation in cardiorespiratory fitness, measures of capillarization, and citrate synthase (CS) activity were examined in seven older (O; 69 ± 7 years) and seven young (Y; 22 ± 1 years) men pre-, mid-, and posttraining during a 12-week endurance training program. Training was performed on a cycle ergometer three times per week for 45 minutes at ~70% of maximal VO(2) (VO(2max)). VO(2max) and maximal cardiac output increased similarly from pre- to posttraining in O and Y (p < .05), and maximal a-vO(2diff) was greater (p < .05) posttraining in O and Y. CS was elevated at mid- and posttraining compared with pretraining in both O and Y (p < .05). Indices of capillarization increased 30%-40% in O and 20%-30% in Y and were elevated at posttraining compared with pre- and midtraining in both groups (p < .05). This study showed that both O and Y undertaking similar endurance training displayed capillary angiogenesis and improved mitochondrial respiratory capacity.

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