Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.368, No.2, 323-328, 2008
Acute exercise induces biphasic increase in respiratory mRNA in skeletal muscle
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor 7 coactivator-lot (PGC-1 alpha) promotes the expression of oxidative enzymes in skeletal muscle. We hypothesized that activation of the p38 MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) in response to exercise was associated with exercise-induced PGC-1 alpha and respiratory enzymes expression and aimed to demonstrate this under the physiological level. We subjected mice to a single bout of treadmill running and found that the exercise induced a biphasic increase in the expression of respiratory enzymes mRNA. The second phase of the increase was accompanied by an increase in PGC-1 alpha protein, but the other was not. Administration of SB203580 (SB), an inhibitor of p38 MAPK, suppressed the increase in PGC-1 alpha expression and respiratory enzymes mRNA in both phases. These data suggest that p38 MAPK is associated with the exercise-induced expression of PGC-1 alpha and biphasic increase in respiratory enzyme mRNAs in mouse skeletal muscle under physiological conditions. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.