Muscle wasting therapies to be developed?

Posted on 18 May 2011

Age-related muscle wasting is a problem affecting many people with long term care plans.

New research conducted at Monash University could pave the way for new therapies for the condition.

The team of scientists identified the mechanism that triggers the differentiation of stem cells in the embryo into specialist cells which form muscles.

It was revealed that when signalling proteins from a specific signalling pathway touched some of the cells, the differentiation process was triggered.

Professor Marcelle said: "Muscle frailty in ageing and disease imposes a huge economic burden, so it is critical to explore novel avenues of research that could lead to new treatments."

This follows a study at the University of Michigan which revealed that resistance training could fight the muscle loss that accompanies ageing.

It was revealed that the ability to walk, stand up and climb stairs were improved in older people who undertook the training.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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