RNA-binding proteins: The next step in translating skeletal muscle adaptations?

A new interesting article has been published in J Appl Physiol (1985). 2019 May 23. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00076.2019. and titled:

RNA-binding proteins: The next step in translating skeletal muscle adaptations?

Authors of this article are:

Van Pelt DW, Hettinger ZR, Vanderklish PW.

A summary of the article is shown below:

The decline of skeletal muscle mass during illness, injury, disuse, and aging is associated with poor health outcomes. Therefore, it is important to pursue a greater understanding of the mechanisms that dictate skeletal muscle adaptation. In this review, we propose that RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) comprise a critical regulatory node in the orchestration of adaptive responses in skeletal muscle. While RBPs have broadly pleiotropic molecular functions, our discussion is constrained at the outset by observations from hibernating animals which suggest that RBP regulation of RNA stability and its impact on translational reprogramming is a key component of skeletal muscle response to anabolic and catabolic stimuli. We discuss the limited data available on the expression and functions of RBPs in adult skeletal muscle in response to disuse, aging and exercise. A model is proposed in which dynamic changes in RBPs play a central role in muscle adaptive processes through their differential effects on mRNA stability. While limited, the currently available data suggest that understanding how adaptive (and maladaptive) changes in the expression of RBPs regulate mRNA stability in skeletal muscle could be an informative and productive research area for finding new strategies to limit atrophy and promote hypertrophy.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: RNA stability; RNA-binding proteins; atrophy; skeletal muscle; translation.