Diversity Supplement for A. Christie: Beta Catenin regulation of skeletal muscle hypertrophy

  • Esser, Karyn (PI)

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Supplement for underserved minority undergraduate student. The loss of skeletal muscle mass is of clinical importance because it is associated with increased morbidity and mortality as well as a marked deterioration in the quality of life.1 In addition, the growing recognition that skeletal muscle has a significant influence on whole-body metabolism has further heightened interest in determining the molecular mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle mass. The objective of the parent grant is to determine the role of â-catenin in regulating skeletal muscle hypertrophy through c-myc activation of ribosome biogenesis. A study from our laboratory using a viral Cre/loxP system demonstrated that â-catenin was necessary for skeletal muscle fiber hypertrophy.2 This work built on an earlier study from our laboratory reporting â-catenin activation in response to a hypertrophic stimulus resulted in increased expression of c-myc and cyclin D1.2, 3 Our findings are in agreement with studies from the Force laboratory showing the transcriptional activity of â-catenin was necessary and sufficient for the induction of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy.4, 5 While the results of these studies provide strong support for our model i.e, â-catenin regulation of muscle hypertrophy, it is important to note that none of these studies explored the mechanism by which â-catenin regulates hypertrophy. The proposed experiments in the parent grant combine molecular, cell biological and biophysical approaches to understand the mechanisms by which â-catenin regulates skeletal muscle hypertrophic growth. The results of the experiments outlined in the parent grant are expected to have therapeutic implications for the treatment of sarcopenia, muscle wasting/cachexia and problems associated with metabolic diseases such as insulin resistance. In addition, a better understanding of the mechanism by which â-catenin regulates skeletal muscle hypertrophy will likely have applications for rehabilitation therapies for spinal cord injury patients as well as individuals subjected to prolonged periods of bedrest.
Effective start/end date7/1/116/30/15


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