A PGC-1α isoform induced by resistance training regulates skeletal muscle hypertrophy.

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PGC-1α is a transcriptional coactivator induced by exercise that gives muscle many of the best known adaptations to endurance-type exercise but has no effects on muscle strength or hypertrophy. We have identified a form of PGC-1α (PGC-1α4) that results from alternative promoter usage and splicing of the primary transcript. PGC-1α4 is highly expressed in exercised muscle but does not regulate most known PGC-1α targets such as the mitochondrial OXPHOS genes. Rather, it specifically induces IGF1 and represses myostatin, and expression of PGC-1α4 in vitro and in vivo induces robust skeletal muscle hypertrophy. Importantly, mice with skeletal muscle-specific transgenic expression of PGC-1α4 show increased muscle mass and strength and dramatic resistance to the muscle wasting of cancer cachexia. Expression of PGC-1α4 is preferentially induced in mouse and human muscle during resistance exercise. These studies identify a PGC-1α protein that regulates and coordinates factors involved in skeletal muscle hypertrophy.

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Cited Authors

  • Ruas, JL; White, JP; Rao, RR; Kleiner, S; Brannan, KT; Harrison, BC; Greene, NP; Wu, J; Estall, JL; Irving, BA; Lanza, IR; Rasbach, KA; Okutsu, M; Nair, KS; Yan, Z; Leinwand, LA; Spiegelman, BM

Published Date

  • December 7, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 151 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1319 - 1331

PubMed ID

  • 23217713

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3520615

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4172

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cell.2012.10.050


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States