REDD2 expression in rat skeletal muscle correlates with nutrient-induced activation of mTORC1: Responses to aging, immobilization, and remobilization

Andrew R. Kelleher, Suzette L. Pereira, Leonard S. Jefferson, Scot R. Kimball

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REDD2 expression in rat skeletal muscle correlates with nutrient-induced activation of mTORC1: Responses to aging, immobilization, and remobilization. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 308: E122-E129, 2015. First published November 18, 2014; doi:10.1152/ajpendo.00341.2014.-In a previous study (Kelleher AR, Kimball SR, Dennis MD, Schilder RJ, and Jefferson LS. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 304: E229-236, 2013.), we observed a rapid (i.e., 1-3 days) immobilization-induced repression of mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) signaling in hindlimb skeletal muscle of young (2-mo-old) rats that was associated with elevated expression of regulated in development and DNA-damage response (REDD) 1 and REDD2. The present study extends that observation to include an assessment of those parameters in soleus muscle of the immobilized hindlimb of various-aged rats as well as in response to remobilization. Male Sprague-Dawley rats aged 2, 9, and 18 mo were subjected to unilateral hindlimb immobilization for 7 days, whereas one group of the 9-mo-old animals underwent 7 days of remobilization. Soleus muscle mass-to-body mass ratio declined with age, with the loss of muscle mass following hindlimb immobilization being inversely proportional to age. Compared with 2-mo-old rats, the older rats exhibited reduced mTORC1 signaling in the nonimmobilized limb in association with elevated REDD2, but not REDD1, mRNA expression. In the 2-mo-old rats, 7 days of hindlimb immobilization attenuated mTORC1 signaling and induced REDD2, but not REDD1, mRNA expression. In contrast, hindlimb immobilization did not further attenuate the age-related reduction in mTORC1 signaling nor further enhance the age-related induction of REDD2 mRNA expression in 9- and 18-mo-old rats. Across ages, REDD1 mRNA was not impacted by immobilization. Finally, remobilization elevated mTORC1 signaling and lowered REDD2 mRNA expression, with no impact on REDD1 gene expression. In conclusion, changes in mTORC1 signaling associated with aging, immobilization, and remo-bilization were inversely proportional to alterations in REDD2 mRNA expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E122-E129
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume308
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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