Modulation of reactive oxygen species in skeletal muscle by myostatin is mediated through NF-κB

Sriram, Sandhya, Subramanian, Subha, Sathiakumar, Durga, Venkatesh, Rithika, Salerno, Monica S., McFarlane, Craig, Kambadur, Ravi, and Sharma, Mridula (2011) Modulation of reactive oxygen species in skeletal muscle by myostatin is mediated through NF-κB. Aging Cell, 10 (6). pp. 931-948.

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Abnormal levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and inflammatory cytokines have been observed in the skeletal muscle during muscle wasting including sarcopenia. However, the mechanisms that signal ROS production and prolonged maintenance of ROS levels during muscle wasting are not fully understood. Here, we show that myostatin (Mstn) is a pro-oxidant and signals the generation of ROS in muscle cells. Myostatin, a transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) family member, has been shown to play an important role in skeletal muscle wasting by increasing protein degradation. Our results here show that Mstn induces oxidative stress by producing ROS in skeletal muscle cells through tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) signaling via NF-κB and NADPH oxidase. Aged Mstn null (Mstn−/−) muscles, which display reduced sarcopenia, also show an increased basal antioxidant enzyme (AOE) levels and lower NF-κB levels indicating efficient scavenging of excess ROS. Additionally, our results indicate that both TNF-α and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are potent inducers of Mstn and require NF-κB signaling for Mstn induction. These results demonstrate that Mstn and TNF-α are components of a feed forward loop in which Mstn triggers the generation of second messenger ROS, mediated by TNF-α and NADPH oxidase, and the elevated TNF-α in turn stimulates Mstn expression. Higher levels of Mstn in turn induce muscle wasting by activating proteasomal-mediated catabolism of intracellular proteins. Thus, we propose that inhibition of ROS induced by Mstn could lead to reduced muscle wasting during sarcopenia.

Item ID: 52344
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1474-9726
Funders: Ministry of Education, Singapore (ME), National Research Foundation (NRF), Singapore
Projects and Grants: ME Academic Research Council
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 01:32
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060104 Cell Metabolism @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060111 Signal Transduction @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 70%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 30%
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