Insight into the Molecular Signature of Skeletal Muscle Characterizing Lifelong Football Players

Stefania Orrù, Esther Imperlini, Daniela Vitucci, Marianna Caterino, Annalisa Mandola, Morten Bredsgaard Randers, Jakob Friis Schmidt, Marie Hagman, Thomas Rostgaard Andersen, Peter Krustrup, Margherita Ruoppolo, Pasqualina Buono*, Annamaria Mancini

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde


BACKGROUND: Aging and sedentary behavior are independent risk factors for non-communicable diseases. An active lifestyle and structured physical activity are positively associated with a healthier quality of life in the elderly. Here, we explored the proteomic/metabolomic muscular signature induced by lifelong football training associated with successful aging.

METHODS: The study was performed on nine lifelong football players (67.3 ± 2.8 yrs) and nine aged-matched untrained subjects. We performed a proteomic/metabolomic approach on V. lateralis muscle biopsies; the obtained data were analyzed by means of different bioinformatic tools.

RESULTS: Our results indicated that lifelong football training is able to enhance the muscles' oxidative capacity in the elderly by promoting fatty acids as preferential energetic substrates and hence determining a healthier body composition and metabolic profile; furthermore, we showed that the total polyamine content is higher in lifelong football players' muscle, enforcing the involvement of polyamines in muscle growth and hypertrophy.

CONCLUSIONS: Lifelong football training, as a structured physical activity, significantly influences the expression of the proteins and metabolites involved in oxidative metabolism and muscle hypertrophy associated with successful aging.

TidsskriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Udgave nummer23
StatusUdgivet - 28 nov. 2022


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