Denervation-induced skeletal muscle atrophy is associated with increased mitochondrial ROS production

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States
AJP Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology (Impact Factor: 3.11). 10/2007; 293(3):R1159-68. DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00767.2006
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Reactive oxygen species (ROS), especially mitochondrial ROS, are postulated to play a significant role in muscle atrophy. We report a dramatic increase in mitochondrial ROS generation in three conditions associated with muscle atrophy: in aging, in mice lacking CuZn-SOD (Sod1(-/-)), and in the neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ROS generation in muscle mitochondria is nearly threefold higher in 28- to 32-mo-old than in 10-mo-old mice and is associated with a 30% loss in gastrocnemius mass. In Sod1(-/-) mice, muscle mitochondrial ROS production is increased >100% in 20-mo compared with 5-mo-old mice along with a >50% loss in muscle mass. ALS G93A mutant mice show a 75% loss of muscle mass during disease progression and up to 12-fold higher muscle mitochondrial ROS generation. In a second ALS mutant model, H46RH48Q mice, ROS production is approximately fourfold higher than in control mice and is associated with a less dramatic loss (30%) in muscle mass. Thus ROS production is strongly correlated with the extent of muscle atrophy in these models. Because each of the models of muscle atrophy studied are associated to some degree with a loss of innervation, we were interested in determining whether denervation plays a role in ROS generation in muscle mitochondria isolated from hindlimb muscle following surgical sciatic nerve transection. Seven days post-denervation, muscle mitochondrial ROS production increased nearly 30-fold. We conclude that enhanced generation of mitochondrial ROS may be a common factor in the mechanism underlying denervation-induced atrophy.

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    • "It has also been shown that oxidative stress levels correlate strongly with the extent of muscle mass reduction, neuromuscular junction (NMJ) denervation, and muscle fiber type switching in Sod1 À /À , SOD1-G93A, and old wild-type mice. Those changes can be detected as early as 4–5 months of age in Sod1 À /À animals [9]. "
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    • "Of note, the Sod1−/− fibroblasts exhibited a loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and enhanced mitochondria ROS generation. Likewise, Muller et al. reported that Sod1−/− skeletal muscle showed significant alterations in mitochondrial function, including increased mitochondrial ROS generation and reduced ATP production [66]. Han et al. also revealed significantly higher levels of p53 and phospho-p53 in nuclei isolated from Sod1−/− livers [67]. "
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    • "However, the neuromuscular sarcopenic phenotypes exhibited by this mouse share several characteristics with age-related sarcopenia, namely shift from fast to slow fiber type, mitochondrial dysfunction, and increased mitochondrial ROS generation (Jang and Van Remmen, 2009, 2011). In particular, the mitochondrial dysfunction might contribute to early motor terminal death in these mice (Muller et al., 2007). Rocha et al. (2013) have shown that the Sod1-/- mice undergo cycles of denervation/re-innervation by mixed NMJ populations (Sod1a, Sod1b) supporting morphological evidence for two populations of motor units in Sod1-/- mice (Schaefer et al., 2005). "
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