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Title: An in vitro model for assessment of skeletal muscle adaptation following exercise related physiological cues
Author: Player, Darren James
Awarding Body: University of Bedfordshire
Current Institution: University of Bedfordshire
Date of Award: 2013
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The aim of this Thesis was to further characterise and utilise an in vitro skeletal muscle (SkM) model, to investigate its potential use in further understanding the cellular and molecular adaptations to exercise in vivo. Candidate genes and proteins have been identified using in vivo, ex vivo and targeted in vitro experiments, however the complete picture of these molecular mechanisms are far from understood. Furthermore, the extent to which mechanical signals contribute to the intra-cellular mechanisms associated with exercise is also underinvesitgated. To this end, developing an in vitro model of SkM that can recapitulate in vivo SkM and respond to mechanical stimulation in a similar way to exercise will provide a means to begin to delineate the complex cellular and molecular regulation of SkM. The initial investigation (Chapter 3) characterised an optimal seeding density and culture period of C2C12 myoblasts within a 3 ml collagen gel. These data provided support for the use of collagen constructs seeded at 4 x 106 cells/ml, with no statistical differences observed in peak force, rate of force development and relative force compared to other seeding densities examined (table 3-2, all p > 0.05). However the use of 4 x 106 cells/ml supports previous data in a larger construct volume model, whilst the highest cell density possible in the system increases cell-cell contact required for fusion. Immunohistochemical and gene expression analyses provided evidence for the fusion of single seeded myoblasts into multinucleate myotubes, demonstrating an in vivo-like architecture. Chapter 4 presented data towards the characterisation and use of two distinct cyclical stretch regimens with respect to the acute biochemical and transcriptional responses. Data revealed increases in peak media lactate and reductions in peak media glucose, following cyclical stetch compared to control (p = 0.000 and p = 0.001 respectively, Fig. 4-2). Changes in mtDNA (Fig. 4-5) and associated mRNA transcriptional signals (Fig. 4-7) were mode dependent.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: C600 Sports Science ; skeletal muscle ; muscle regeneration